PARIS, Dec. 31 (Xinhua) -- A French priest kidnapped in Cameroon has been released, the French president's office said Tuesday.
"The President of the French Republic is glad to announce the release of Father Georges Vandenbeusch, kidnapped in Cameroon on Nov. 13," said the Elysee in a statement.
French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius will leave for the Cameroonian capital of Yaounde to receive the ex-hostage, the statement said.
President Francois Hollande expressed his gratitude to Cameroonian and Nigerian authorities, which had made unremitting efforts to release the French hostage, and thanked Cameroonian President Paul Biya for his personal intervention, it said.
Vandenbeusch was kidnapped in the Nguetchewe parish, near Koza, in the far north of Cameroon, 30 km to the border with Nigeria.
Six French citizens are still being held hostage in Syria and Mali, said the statement.
Frech president pledges "every effort" to release kidnapped priest
PARIS, Nov. 14 (Xinhua) -- France will make every effort to find the French priest kidnapped between Wednesday night and Thursday morning in northern Cameroon, President Francois Hollande said Thursday.
"We are making every effort in order that this priest (Georges Vandenbeusch) could be found and that we could give him back his freedom," he said during an official visit to Monaco. Full story