French hostages in Afghanistan alive but facing danger: Sarkozy

09:48, January 26, 2010      

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Monday on French television TF1 that national hostages in Afghanistan are alive but their situation is dangerous.

The French journalists abducted in Afghanistan "are alive and healthy but the situation is extremely difficult and dangerous," Sarkozy said during a prime-time interview by the private political channel.

He promised the government and French soldiers in Afghanistan had been mobilized to rescue the French nationals.

Two French television reporters were kidnapped by unknown gang members on Dec. 30 when they were traveling near Kabul with their Afghan employees.

There are about 3,500 French soldiers among 113,000 foreign troops under the United States and NATO command fighting Taliban militants in Afghanistan.

Source: Xinhua
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