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French journalists kidnapped in Syria ‘still alive’

Didier François (L) and Edouard Elias, two French journalists kidnapped in Syria.
Didier François (L) and Edouard Elias, two French journalists kidnapped in Syria. Montage RFI/Olivier Fourt/AFP/Chris Huby/Haytham

The French foreign minister, Laurent Fabius, said two French journalists kidnapped in Syria in June are “still alive”.

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Didier François, a reporter for radio station Europe 1, and photographer Edouard Elias were kidnapped near the northern Syrian city of Aleppo in June.

Speaking on French television on Sunday, Fabius confirmed the two men were still alive, but declined to go into details as he said any information “could go back to the hostage takers”.

The French government is working on their men’s release, he said.

The media NGO Reporters Without Borders says at least 26 Syrian and foreign journalists are currently kidnapped or have disappeared in Syria.

The group also says at least 25 journalists and 71 citizen journalists have been killed since the start of the Syrian conflict in March 2011.

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