France Welcomes Hostages Home After Three-Year Wait

Four French citizens, held hostage in North Africa by Al-Qaeda for three years, returned to their families in an emotional reunion in Paris on Wednesday. President François Hollande greeted the four men — all of them bearded, careworn, and nervous, but otherwise not visibly harmed — on the tarmac. Long-separated friends and families tearfully embraced […]

Hollande Backs Niger in Hostage Raid Friday

On Friday May 24, 2013, French Special Forces aided Nigerien troops in an operation that raided an army base in northern Niger. The collaborative effort ended a hostage situation following an attack on the army base by extremists on Thursday. Two Nigerien cadets were taken hostage within the base. The aggressors had barricaded themselves in […]

Mali Neverending: French Hostage Believed to be Executed by Al Qaeda

Families of French citizens held hostage in Africa are continuing to try to get as much information they can regarding the state of their loved ones. “No one tells us anything, [not] the French side, no one says anything, the jihadists do not speak anymore, that’s to say that we are totally in the dark, […]

7 French Hostages Taken In Western Africa, Bringing Total Number to 15

Around 7:00 am local time Tuesday February 19, seven French tourists were taken at gunpoint in Cameroon merely two days after seven other foreigners were seized from a construction site in Nigeria. The seven French citizens are from the same family, four of whom are children. The family was visiting Waza national park near Lake […]