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France will not bow to terrorist threats, says Sarkozy
French President Nicolas Sarkozy said Friday his country would not cave in to terrorist demands after al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden threatened to attack French interests in retaliation for the country’s policies towards Muslims.
AFP - President Nicolas Sarkozy on Friday said France would not let "anyone and certainly not terrorists dictate its policy", following threats of attacks from Islamist militant leader Osama bin Laden.
Sarkozy spoke at a news conference on the sidelines of a European Union summit after the author of a taped message purportedly from the Al-Qaeda kingpin said this week that five French hostages kidnapped in the Sahara had been taken as a warning and threatened more attacks on French interests.
Gunmen kidnapped five French nationals and two African colleagues on September 15 from their homes in the uranium mining town of Arlit in Niger. They are now thought to be being held hostage in neighbouring Mali.