PARIS, March 18 (Xinhua) -- A man believed to be the head of the French family held hostages in Nigeria said in a newly released recording broadcast that they are living a harsh life, French media reported Monday.
"We have been arrested for 25 days," the French father who called himself Moulin Fournier said. He read a statement in French and English when he spoke of the hard conditions of seven hostages, including four children, in the video released by Boko Haram.
"We have very harsh living conditions.... we lost our energies and begin to be sick," he was quoted by channel BFMTV as saying.
He called on French ambassador in Nigeria to make "every effort" to get the family free.
This is the second video of the kidnapped French family being broadcast following the first one being posted on YouTube on Feb. 25.
With four children aged five to 12 years old, the French family was kidnapped by individuals suspected to be members of Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram on Feb. 19 in Dabanga in north Cameroon on a road along the border with Nigeria.
The kidnappers threatened to kill the captives if Nigerian and Cameroonian officials refuse to free Islamist fighters.
Last weekend, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius visited Cameroon, working to secure the release of French hostages in Nigeria.