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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.

Video released of French hostage beheading

An Algerian Islamist group captured the 55 year-old tourist on Sunday and threatened to execute him unless France halted strikes against IS.

France vows to continue fighting IS despite hostage crisis

The French Prime Minister said French action against IS will go on despite Algerian Islamist group's threat to kill a French hostage.

Former French hostage says Jewish museum killings suspect was his jailer

Journalist Nicolas Henin said Mehdi Nemmouche, who has been extradited to Belgium over murders, was his jailer in Syria in late 2013.

France and other European countries 'bankrolling Al Qaida' with ransom payments

Report claims that, despite denials, French authorities and other European nations pay out millions over kidnaps that then help finance terrorism.

French Sahara hostage appeals in video for negotiated release

Serge Lazarevic, who was captured two years ago by Al Qaeda's North African wing AQIM, called for help from President Hollande.

French hostage in Mali is dead, claim Islamist captors

No details of why or when Gilberto Rodrigues Leal, 62, died were given by the al-Qaeda affiliated group who kidnapped him in 2012.

French journalist tells of release from captivity in Syria

Nicolas Hénin says release of him and three other French journalists was a 'real surprise' and that he is 'filled with joy' but exhausted.

French hostage Francis Collomp free in Nigeria

Francis Collomp, 63, who was kidnapped on December 19, 2012, by the Ansaru Islamist group, reportedly escaped during a shoot-out.

French journalists kidnapped in Syria ‘still alive’

Didier François, a radio reporter, and photographer Edouard Elias were kidnapped near the northern Syrian city of Aleppo in June.

French hostage of Nigerian Islamists pleads for help

In a video released by his captors, Francis Collomp, kidnapped last December, asked for French and Nigerian help in securing his release.

Taliban 'Slim-Fast diet’ helped French hostage's escape

Pierre Borghi, held captive for 131 days, escaped after losing 12 kilograms, allowing him to slip out of his chains and climb through a narrow window.

French Mali hostage 'killed' by al-Qaeda

Al-Qaeda's North African offshoot claims that it killed businessman Philippe Verdon on 10 March in retaliation for France's intervention in Mali.