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French Hostages Held by Al Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Facts

French Hostages Held by Al  Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Facts

Summary: September16, 2010 Niger (Africa) French Hostages Held by Al  Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb Thierry Dol, Daniel Larribe, Pierre Legrand and Marc Feret  working for French public nuclear giant Areva and its subcontractor were kidnapped from their guarded living quarters in a Niger uranium mining town of Arlit in north-central Niger by Al-Qaeda-linked militants. Also captured were Frenchwoman, Françoise Larribe, a Madagascar national and a Togolese who were later released They were believed to have been taken into the Sahel desert near the border with Mali. Despite payment of millions of Euros delivered to Al Qaeda, most of the hostages were not released as 1,000 days passed. They were made to plead for a withdrawal of French troops from Mali in 2013

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September 16, 2010 

Thierry Dol, Daniel Larribe, Pierre Legrand and Marc Feret -- mostly working for French public nuclear giant Areva and its subcontractor Satom -- were kidnapped in a Niger uranium mine by Al-Qaeda-linked militants on September 16 in 2010. Also captured were Frenchwoman, Françoise Larribe, a Madagascar national and a Togolese who were later released. fox , rfi

September 20, 2010 

Some 80 French counter-terrorism troops landed in the Niger capital of Niamey, state-run France24 broadcasting reported, adding, "The French military remains discreet on its role in the region."  No one has claimed responsibility for the abduction but the French government believes the north African wing of al-Qaeda is responsible for the kidnapping. 

The seven were abducted from their heavily-guarded living quarters on Thursday and are believed to have been taken deep into the vast Sahel desert near the Malian border. 

Areva has already begun the evacuation of its employees from Niger's northern Sahara desert region.
Year 2011 

Francoise Larribe, wife of Daniel, was also captured but was released in 2011.



April 27, 2011  French hostages plead for troop withdrawal in video - CNN.com

The other three hostages -- Daniel Larribe, Thierry Dol and Marc Furrer -- all read essentially the same statement, one after the other.

November 2011 The fifth French hostage, Serge Lazarevic, was kidnapped in November 2011 in northeast Mali. fox

February 8, 2013  France paid millions for Niger hostages who were not freed
www.english.rfi.fr/.../20130208-france-paid-millions-niger-hostages-wh...
Feb 8, 2013 – But the four hostagesThierry Dol, Daniel Larribe, Pierre Legrand and Marc Féret, were not freed. They were captured at a uranium mine in ...
 ex-US ambassador claims By RFI France paid a ransom of millions of euros to Al Qaida’s north African arm for four hostages held in Niger but they were not freed, a former American ambassador to Mali has told French TV. European governments handed over 66 million euros for hostages in seven years, according to Vikki Huddleston, US representative in Mali between 2002 and 2011. ..13 million euros, was given to Mali’s government which handed some of over to Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (Aqim), Huddleston told iTélé in an interviewbroadcast Friday.

April 2013 In April, President Francois Hollande said France would not buckle under pressure to pay ransom for hostages, saying that by applying discreet measures in such situations, France could handle them more efficiently. fox

June 22, 2013 Hostages held 1,000 days Al-Qaeda's north African branch said in a statement late Saturday that eight European hostages it is holding are alive and well, promising to release a new video of the five Frenchmen among them. fox


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  1. 01. Al-Qaida 'deaths' raise fears for French hostages in Niger | World ...

    www.guardian.co.uk › World news › Algeria
    Mar 3, 2013 – There were fears for the safety at least four European hostagesin the ... of four French hostages, Pierre Legrand, Thierry Dol, Daniel Larribe ...

  2. 02. French rallies mark 1,000 days for four Niger hostages | Fox News

    www.foxnews.com/.../french-rallies-mark-1000-days-for-four-niger-host...
    2 days ago – People gather in support of the four French hostages kidnapped in 2010 ...Thierry Dol, Daniel Larribe, Pierre Legrand and Marc Feret -- mostly ...

  3. 03. Eight European hostages still alive : Al-Qaeda group | Fox News

    www.foxnews.com/.../eight-european-hostages-still-alive-al-qaeda-group...


  4. 04. Hollande believes French hostages 'alive' | Fox News

    www.foxnews.com/world/2013/.../hollande-believes-french-hostages-ali...
    1 day ago – "I do not have to give updates on the hostages because, first of all, ...Thierry Dol, Daniel Larribe, Pierre Legrand and Marc Feret -- mostly ...

  5. 05. France paid millions for Niger hostages who were not freed, ex-US ...

    www.english.rfi.fr/.../20130208-france-paid-millions-niger-hostages-wh...
    Feb 8, 2013 – But the four hostagesThierry Dol, Daniel Larribe, Pierre Legrand and Marc Féret, were not freed. They were captured at a uranium mine in ...

  6. 06. Hollande holds out hope for Al-Qaeda hostages - The Local

    www.thelocal.fr/.../hollande-believes-hostages-alive-paris-seeking-contac...
    1 day ago – "I do not have to give updates on the hostages because, first of all, ...Thierry Dol, Daniel Larribe, Pierre Legrand and Marc Feret -- mostly ...

  7. 07. French rallies mark 1,000 days for four Niger hostages - Yahoo ...

    za.news.yahoo.com/french-rallies-mark-1-000-days-four-niger-1917245...
    2 days ago – Read 'French rallies mark 1000 days for four Niger hostages' on Yahoo! ...Thierry Dol, Daniel Larribe, Pierre Legrand and Marc Feret -- mostly ...

  8. 08. NewsDaily: Hollande believes French hostages 'alive'

    www.newsdaily.com/article/.../hollande-believes-french-hostages-alive
    1 day ago – "I do not have to give updates on the hostages because, first of all, ...Thierry Dol, Daniel Larribe, Pierre Legrand and Marc Feret -- mostly ...

  9. 09. French hostages plead for troop withdrawal in video - CNN.com

    www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/europe/04/27/france...hostages/index.html
    Apr 27, 2011 – The other three hostages -- Daniel Larribe, Thierry Dol and Marc Furrer -- all read essentially the same statement, one after the other.

  10. 10. Seven French hostages still held in Africa - nawras

    62.231.248.129/preview_story/7857323?s...
    The four other French hostages -- Thierry Dol, Daniel Larribe, Pierre Legrand and Marc Feret -- are still in AQIM's hands and the French authorities say they are ..
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