Held in captivity for a year and a half in Afghanistan along with three Afghan collegues, the reporters Hervé Ghesquière and Stéphane Taponier have been released.
Reporters Without Borders has broken the news this afternoon: the two journalists and their Afghan collegues have been released . The information has been confirmed by the French government and triggered a standing ovation in the French Parliament.
The two reporters were kidnapped on the 30th of December 2009 while they were travelling in Afghanistan. Journalist and cameraman, they were reporting fot the French public station France 3. The Support Committee and Reporters Without Borders have never stopped acting to obtain their release.
Transferred to a French base in Kabul, they should land tomorrow in Paris, a year and a half after their abduction.
The Red Helmets Foundation has been involved for a long time into the struggle for the liberation of French hostages through the world, and is indeed delighted with this outcome. Let’s not forget Gilad Shalit, abducted in 2006 and since then prisoner in Gaza; Denis Allex, member of the French external intelligence agency, held in Somalia since July 2009; Pierre Legrand, Daniel Larribe, Thierry Dol and Marc Furrer, hostages since September 2010 in the Sahel; Yves Lambelin, abducted last April in Ivory Coast, along with his late companion Stéphane Frantz di Rippel; and the three aid workers kidnapped in Yemen on the 28th of May 2011.
According to Nicole Guedj “Their release brings hope, for all French hostages, and shows that nothing is ever lost”.