Latest update: 19/10/2012
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French hostages in Africa: President Hollande in the danger zone
One of the most difficult issues to deal with as a president is a hostage situation. François Hollande finds himself these days in the midst of a high-wire act, trying on the one hand to free six French hostages held in Africa while preparing to wage a war on the hostage-takers themselves in northern Mali. Is it a case of mission impossible?
By FRANCE 24
On the set:
- Alexandre Vautravers, Head of the International Relations Department, Webster University;
- Christian Chesnot, Journalist, France Inter; Former hostage in Iraq;
- Pierre Cherruau, Senior Editor, Slate Afrique.