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TV airs "proof of life" video of captured French journalist Roméo Langlois


Colombian rebels on Monday sent to a Latin American cable TV network a "proof of life" video of French journalist Roméo Langlois, who has been held captive for a month in the jungle.


Video footage broadcast on the TV network Telesur, showed France 24 reporter Roméo Langlois in good health despite a bandage on one arm, from an injury apparently sustained during his capture.

"I am a civilian, a French international journalist," Langlois said, smiling as he spoke in Spanish in front of a camera in a Farc jungle camp.

"You know what you're exposed to when you undertake this kind of activity," he said, referring to his reporting mission embedded in a Colombian army unit. "But the truth is I didn't think it was going to get so terrible."

Langlois was captured at the end of April during a clash between Farc rebels and the army unit he was filming.

The Farc have said they will free the Frenchman on Wednesday.

"The handover process is being done because first of all he is injured, in his left arm. A bullet went in around his left elbow and he lost some movement and is being handed over to save his life," explained a rebel known by the alias Colacho Mendoza, second in command at the Farc's 15th front.

A delegation comprising a French envoy, representatives of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and former Colombian senator Piedad Cordoba are being dispatched to fetch 35-year-old Langlois.

Military officials have agreed to suspend operations from 6.00 pm on Tuesday until Thursday at 6:00 am, in the area near the planned release in Colombia's southern jungle.



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