al-Qaeda Frees Hostages After 3 Yrs
After three long years held hostage in the Sahara by al Qaeda-linked gunmen, these four men finally returned to France. They arrived back in Paris, welcomed home by ecstatic families and friends with hugs and tears. Pierre Legrand, Daniel Larribe, Thierry Dol and Marc Feret were seized by the Islamic Maghreb organisation in September 2010. They were employees at a uranium mine with the French nuclear company Areva, when they kidnapped. French President Francois Hollande was waiting for them at the military airfield.