French, Dutch hostages in Mali issue pleas to their governments to negotiate their release

November 18, 2014 2:16 AM

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PARIS – The last French hostage held in Mali by Al-Qaida's North African branch has pleaded in a video posted online for France to help negotiate his release.

French President Francois Hollande's office late Monday authenticated the video and said it constitutes "proof of life" of the hostage, Serge Lazarevic, who was captured in November 2011. Hollande's office said it was doing all it could to help gain Lazarevic's release.

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