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French Al-Qaida Hostages´Message To Sarkozy

by Florian Flade

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Al-Qaida´s North African branch „Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb“ (AQIM) has released a new video/audio message from the four French nuclear worker kidnapped last September. The video, which contains still images of the French hostages Daniel Larribe, Pierre Legrand, Thierry Dol and Marc Furrer and their audio messages urging French President Nicolas Sarkozy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and thereby meet the demands of al-Qaida.

France has no right to be involved in the war in Afghanistan, the hostages say in similar statements recorded between April 11-13. President Sarkozy should pull the French soldiers out of Afghanistan.

Seven staff of a Uranium mine operated by a French company were kidnapped by Al-Qaida militants in Niger. In February three of the group, a Madagascan man, a Togolese man and a French woman were released by the Islamists. According to some media speculation based on unnamed sources close to negotiation talks said Al-Qaida had demanded US 130 Million ransom. If these demands were met by the French government is unknown.

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Al-Qaeda Photos show French Hostages

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Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb has released a slideshow of photos showing the seven people including five French nationals who were kidnapped in Niger earlier this month. The images were added to an audio tape, in which the French hostages explained their situation.

Two of the French hostages are employees of Areva, a French nuclear agency company and worked at a Niger uranium mine.

Last week, al-Qaeda in North Africa claimed to have kidnapped the five French, a man from Madagascar and one man from Togo. No demands were made.

Due to France´s military operation against al-Qaeda a few weeks back and because of the French Burqa-ban, it is possible at least some of the hostages will get executed by the Jihadi militants.