PARIS, Oct 9 (KUNA) -- The French Foreign Ministry said Wednesday that two
more journalists from France had gone missing in northern Syria and must be
presumed kidnapped. The latest abductions bring the number of French
journalists missing in Syria to four.
The Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Nicolas Henin, a reporter
with "Le Point" weekly and "Arte" television channel, and photojournalist
Pierre Torres had gone missing on June 22 but authorities had not released
that information right away. Families of the journalists decided after more
than three months to reveal the kidnapping.
Two other journalists went missing in Syria on June 6, Didier Francois, a
seasoned radio reporter with "Europe" and Edouard Elias, a photographer.
Both were still reported alive in August but French authorities are
routinely silent about any contacts they have with the hostages or their
France also refuses now to pay ransoms, according to the official line, but
in the past several French nationals were freed after a ransom was allegedly
France has around a dozen nationals being held hostage around the globe,
with most held in Mali or nearby countries by Islamist radical groups linked
The French army intervened in Mali last January and forced out three
radical groups but did not locate the hostages. (end)
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