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Murder of two French hostages in Niger

Murder of two French hostages in Niger

Published on January 10, 2011
Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic

Paris, January 8, 2011

It was with deep sadness and shock that President Sarkozy learned of the murder of our two compatriots who were abducted in Niamey last night.

The Head of State utterly condemns this barbaric and cowardly act. He shares the grief of the victims’ families and close friends and offers them his most heartfelt condolences.

President Sarkozy hails the Niger forces’ commitment to trying to free our two compatriots. He assures the Niger authorities that France will stand alongside them in their fight against terrorism.

Far from weakening our resolve, this despicable act strengthens our commitment to combating without respite terrorist barbarity./.

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