France says its last hostage held overseas freed in North Africa

December 9, 2014 12:36 PM

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A French hostage being held by Al Qaeda’s North African branch since his kidnapping three years ago has been released, French President Francois Hollande confirmed Tuesday.

Serge Lazaravic, who was snatched while on a business trip to Mali, was in “reasonably good health despite the terrible conditions of his captivity,” said a statement released by the Elysee Palace.

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