Keyword: hostage

France refuses negotiations with 'Boko Haram' hostage-takers

French family of seven kidnapped in Cameroon last week appeared in video posted online by captors demanding imprisoned Islamists be freed. 

French agent 'killed' by Somalia Islamist group

Al-Shabab says it has killed intelligence agent Denis Allex, who was their hostage, in retaliation for a failed French operation to free him.

Second French soldier 'dies after Somalia raid'

Islamist militants say second French soldier was killed during a failed hostage rescue attempt, publishing a purported photograph of the commando.

Hollande steps up France security over Mali and Somalia

French president orders security to be stepped up around public buildings and transport because of military operations in Africa.

French soldier killed and hostage feared dead in Somalia

Defence minister Jean-Yves Le Drian says a second soldier is missing after a rescue bid in which commandos swooped on the town of Bulo Marer.