Keyword: kidnap

French journalist kidnapped by jihadists in Mali

French freelance journalist Olivier Dubois, who disappeared in the northern Mali town of Gao on April 8th, appeared in a video on Wednesday appealing for the authorities to secure his release from captivity at the hands of an al-Qaida-linked jihadist group. 

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French police seek conspiracy theorist over kidnapping of girl

Rémy Daillet-Wiedemann is claimed to have planned abduction with eight-year-old child’s mother.

Kidnapped French girl found in Switzerland

An eight-year-old girl who was kidnapped in eastern France last Tuesday from the care of her grandmother has been found in Switzerland, where her mother was arrested.

Four held over over abduction of girl in eastern France

French police have arrested four men aged between 23 and 60 in connection with the kidnapping on Tuesday of an eight-year-old girl, which investigators believe was carried out on behalf of her mother who had lost custody of the child.

Kidnap heist in France nets thieves 'millions' from cash van

Thieves stole up to 30m Swiss francs ($32mor £23m) on French-Swiss border after first kidnapping the daughter of a cash van delivery driver.

French aid worker kidnapped in Mali

French and Malian troops are searching for Sophie Pétronin, who ran an NGO helping children suffering from malnutrition, who was kidnapped in the city of Gao in northern Mali on Christmas Eve.

Hotel owner freed after dramatic abduction on French Riviera

Jacqueline Veyrac was found in a car parked in a district of Nice, bound and with minor injuries, 48 hours after she was kidnapped.

French hostage Isabelle Prime freed in Yemen

The 30-year-old, who worked as a consultant on a World Bank-funded project, was seized in the capital Sanaa in February.

French woman abducted in Yemen in video appeal for help

Isabelle Prime, 30, a consultant for Yemen's Social Fund for Development, appears distressed in the video appeal to French and Yemeni leaders.

Kidnapped French woman had been due to leave Yemen 'within days'

Isabelle Prime, 30, who worked for Ayala Consulting on a World Bank-funded project, was the only member of firm's staff left in Yemen.

French woman kidnapped in Yemen

The 30-year-old woman, who is believed to have ties with the World Bank, was taken by unidentified armed men in the capital Sanaa.

Kidnapped French aid worker Claudia Priest freed in CAR

The 67 year-old teacher for her own Catholic ONG was kidnapped in the Central African Republic by Christian militiamen on Monday.

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.

Son of executed North Korean official 'disappears' in Paris

An audacious North Korean kidnap plot is foiled at Paris Charles de Gaulle airport as 'Asian men' attempted to bundle student onto plane.

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.