Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Manchester, United

Read more

ENCORE!

TV series 'Top of the Lake: China Girl' screened at Cannes

Read more

FOCUS

A lifeline for women facing domestic violence in Pakistan

Read more

ACCESS ASIA

Afghanistan's new TV channel by and for women

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Former minister accused of role in murder of two UN investigators in DR Congo

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

'Murder in Manchester': Press reacts to Arena terror attack

Read more

ENCORE!

Cannes 2017: Naomi Campbell hosts 'Fashion For Relief'

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Trump's visit to Israel in key images

Read more

THE DEBATE

Peacemaker? After Saudi Arabia, Trump visits Israel

Read more

Africa

Who are the four freed French hostages?

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2013-10-30

Who are the four French hostages freed after three years in captivity in Niger on Tuesday? FRANCE 24 takes a closer look at Thierry Dol, Daniel Larribe, Pierre Legrand and Marc Féret.

Thierry Dol, Daniel Larribe, Pierre Legrand and Marc Féret, the four French hostages freed on Tuesday, were kidnapped at a uranium mine in Arlit, in the north of Niger, on 16 September 2010. Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) claimed responsibility for their kidnapping.


Thierry Dol


Dol, 32, was born in Le François, in Martinique, but is now based in France working for Vinci construction as a works engineer. Dol, bottom right in the photo above, is an only child from a modest background. He was close to the end of his contract in Africa and was about to move to the Paris region when he was kidnapped. In a video recorded while in captivity on June 27, he said that he "suffered from a heart condition that required medication."

Marc Féret

Féret, 46, was born in Aix-en-Provence in the south of France. Féret, top right in the photo, spent 15 years as a child in Africa where his father worked for Areva, the French nuclear power company, in mines in Gabon and Congo. Féret studied electrical engineering in France before joining Vinci and working in Madagascar and the Seychelles. He is married and has two sons. The oldest is 13. The second, who he is about to see for the first time, is three. At the time of his kidnapping he was working for Sogea-Satom (a subsidiary of Vinci, which is a sub-contractor for Areva) at the uranium mine at Arlit.

Daniel Larribe

Larribe, 62, is originally from Saint-Céré, in the centre of France. Larribe, bottom left in the photo, worked in Africa frequently for 30 years and for eight years as an engineer at the French geological survey office in Orléans before joining Areva. His wife Françoise Larribe, who was kidnapped at the same time, along with a Togolese and a Malagasy was freed in February 2011 due to poor health. In May, Mme Larribe demanded "results" from the authorities saying: "We are approaching 1,000 days of detention. That’s enough."

Pierre Legrand

Legrand, 28, is originally from Couffé in the west of France. Legrand, top left in the photo, met his fiancée, Marion Bondu, when they were both at high school in Nantes. He was employed by a subsidiary of Vinci. He and was working at an Areva uranium mine in Imouraren, 80 kilometers from Arlit. He was passing through Arlit en route to France for a holiday when he was kidnapped.

(FRANCE 24 with wires)
 

Date created : 2013-10-30

  • FRANCE

    Four freed French hostages return home

    Read more

  • NIGER

    Four French hostages released in Niger (live blog)

    Read more

COMMENT(S)