Macron welcomes again to France journalist freed in Mali


PARIS — A French journalist who was held hostage by Islamic extremists for almost two years in Mali was welcomed residence by French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday, at some point after his launch.

Olivier Dubois was kidnapped in April 2021 in northern Mali, a area wracked by jihadi violence linked to al-Qaida and the Islamic State group.

Leaving the aircraft on the Villacoublay navy airport, southwest of Paris, with an enormous smile on his face, Dubois was applauded by the group of individuals ready for his arrival. He was greeted with nice pleasure by his sister and father, after which he hugged Macron.

Chatting with French media, Dubois stated he listened to French radio to maintain himself sane in captivity and browse the Quran “to know” his captors. Dubois informed RFI radio Tuesday that though he was not “hit or humiliated,” it was a grueling expertise.

“You’re chained, you’re a prisoner, you’re thought-about a disbeliever, an infidel,” he stated. “It was dwelling exterior on a regular basis — whether or not there’s a sandstorm, the solar, the chilly or the rain … It’s washing and defecating exterior. It’s dwelling exterior on a regular basis.”

The circumstances of Dubois’ launch, together with whether or not it concerned a ransom, haven’t been disclosed.

Reporters With out Borders, additionally identified by its French acronym RSF, thanked French authorities on Monday for “having carried out the required means to acquire his launch,” with out elaborating.

Dubois’ launch befell on the identical day that an American support employee was freed in Mali.

Jihadi teams have been abducting hostages for ransom as a strategy to fund their operations and develop their presence. A minimum of 25 foreigners and untold numbers of locals have been kidnapped within the Sahel — the huge, semi-arid expanse beneath the Sahara Desert — since 2015, in line with the Armed Battle Location & Occasion Information Undertaking.


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