French hostage in Nigeria free: Elysee




 
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French hostage in Nigeria free: Elysee
 
November 17th, 2013  
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French hostage in Nigeria free: Elysee
A French man has been freed almost a year after he was kidnapped in Nigeria by Islamist militants, President Francois Hollande's office said on Sunday. A source close to the French government told Reuters the hostage, Francis Collomp, who is over 60, had escaped, but a source in the French foreign ministry denied that. Collomp was seized when about 30 gunmen stormed his compound on December 19 in the northern Nigerian town of Rimi, close to the Niger border where al Qaeda's North African wing, al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), operates. "The president expresses his gratitude to the Nigerian authorities, with whom French authorities have collaborated closely on this decisive action," Hollande's statement said.

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