Two French journalists are being held hostage in Syria, France’s Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault revealed on Wednesday. Although the journalists were abducted in June, their families initially wished to keep their plight out of the media spotlight.
French journalists Pierre Torrès and Nicolas Hénin (pictured above, left to right) disappeared in Syria on June 22, French Prime Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault revealed on Wednesday during an interview on French radio.
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While the incident took place months ago in northern city of Raqqa, the families of the abducted Frenchmen initially convinced the government to keep the news from going public.
However, responding to a question about the fates of reporter Didier François and photojournalist Edouard Elias – two other captive French nationals – PM Ayrault unveiled the two additional abductions.
Nicolas Henin, 37, has worked for the past seven years for television news agency Solas Films, covering Africa and the Middle East. Pierre Torrès, 29, is a photojournalist who covered the Libyan revolution and was on his second trip to war-torn Syria at the time he was taken captive.
Date created : 2013-10-09