French Family Set Free After Cameroon Kidnapping | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

NPR : News

Filed Under:

French Family Set Free After Cameroon Kidnapping

Members of a French family held for weeks by Boko Haram militants in Cameroon have been freed and are in good health, Al-Jazeera reports, citing Cameroonian and French officials.

Cameroon's President Paul Biya, in a statement read on national radio, said the couple and their four children, aged 5 to 12, had been "handed over last night to Cameroonian authorities."

The family was seized on Feb. 19 by armed men on motorcycles while visiting Waza National Park in Cameroon, near the border with Nigeria. The father, Tanguy Moulin-Fournier, is an employee of the French gas group GDF Suez. He had been working in the Cameroonian capital, Yaounde.

"I spoke to the father this morning," French President Francois Hollande said Friday, speaking in Paris. "He told me how happy and relieved he was."

Hollande said there had been discreet talks in recent weeks aimed at securing the family's release, but he was quick to quash speculation that any money exchanged hands: "France has not changed its position, which is not to pay ransoms."

The French government said the six would be returned to France on Saturday.

But, as French troops fight Islamic separatists in Mali, there are still eight other French citizens being held in the region.

The release of the Moulin-Fournier family "will redouble our determination to free the hostages who remain," Hollande said.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

'Language Of Food' Reveals Mysteries Of Menu Words And Ketchup

Linguist Dan Jurafsky uncovers the fishy origins of ketchup and how it forces us to rethink global history. He also teaches us how to read a menu to figure out how much a restaurant may charge.
NPR

'Language Of Food' Reveals Mysteries Of Menu Words And Ketchup

Linguist Dan Jurafsky uncovers the fishy origins of ketchup and how it forces us to rethink global history. He also teaches us how to read a menu to figure out how much a restaurant may charge.
NPR

How To Measure Success Against The New Monster In The Middle East?

But most Americans are far from clear as to what this "ISIL" monster is, other than a few shadowy, portentous figures on disturbing videotapes.
NPR

Minecraft's Business Model: A Video Game That Leaves You Alone

Microsoft is buying the company that created the video game Minecraft, which has a loyal following in part because of the freedom it allows players — including freedom from pressure to buy add-ons.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.