Keyword: hostage

Son of aid worker abducted in Mali says France has ‘proof of life’

Sébastien Chadaud-Pétronin said he was relieved to know his mother Sophie Pétronin, abducted in 2016, was alive, but said he felt there was no way to get her 'out of this hell'.

French and West African presidents launch Sahel armed force

Move came as Emmanuel Macron vowed to 'eradicate' kidnappers of French citizen Sophie Pétronin, who has appeared in hostage video.

French-Tunisian hostage freed in Yemen

Nourane Houas was released having been kidnapped in Yemen last December while working for the International Committee of the Red Cross.

Belgium bomber identified as prison guard of IS held French hostages

Najim Laachraoui, one of Brussels airport suicide bombers, was identified by French journalists kidnapped and held in Syria from 2013 to 2014.

French commandos free Dutch hostage from al-Qaeda group in northern Mali

Sjaak Rijke, a Dutch train conductor kidnapped from a Timbuktu restaurant in November 2011, was freed in a dawn raid by French troops.

French TV channel BFM sued over coverage of kosher supermarket massacre

Victims and their families claim the news channel's coverage endangered their lives during the deadly attack in Paris by Amedy Coulibaly.

Negotiations continue in CAR to free kidnapped French aid worker

Claudia Priest, 67, a teacher with a Catholic medical NGO in the Central African Reupublic, was kidnapped in the capital Bangui on Monday.

Hostages taken in Paris supermarket - gunman linked with police murder

Reports say gunman holding up to 5 hostages in kosher supermarket is linked to Charlie Hebdo killers and is suspect in policewoman murder.

Malian government confirms prisoners released for freeing of French hostage

A Malian government spokesman said four men were freed in exchange for the release of Serge Lazarevic by al-Qaida's North African branch.

Was French hostage swapped for detained jihadists?

Disquiet in Mali that French hostage Serge Lazarevic was freed in exchange for release of a notorious Malian 'terrorist'.

Last French hostage freed in Mali

Release of Serge Lazarevic after being held by Islamists for three years means there are now no more French hostages anywhere in world.

High-class jewellery store robbery ends in cross-Paris chase with police

The heist at the Champs Elysées Cartier store by armed robbers ended after they surrendered during a hostage siege near Montparnasse.

Hollande says 'barbaric' IS hostage killings are 'a crime against humanity''

The French president was reacting to an Islamic State video of beheadings of US hostage Peter Kassig and 18 Syrian servicemen.

Thousands turn out in Nice in homage to executed French hostage

The rally in the hometown of the hostage beheaded by Algerian Islamists, came as flags were lowered to halfmast across France in mourning.

Paris confirms execution of French hostage

France has authenticated a video of the beheading of Hervé Gourdel, which President Hollande said was a 'cruel and cowardly' act.