Campaign underway to free French hostage

6th December 2005, Comments 0 comments

BAGHDAD, Dec 6 (AFP) - The French embassy in Baghdad said Tuesday it was pressing contacts in order to win the release of a French engineer who was kidnapped at gunpoint in the Iraqi capital a day earlier.

BAGHDAD, Dec 6 (AFP) - The French embassy in Baghdad said Tuesday it was pressing contacts in order to win the release of a French engineer who was kidnapped at gunpoint in the Iraqi capital a day earlier.

"We are doing everything possible for the release of Bernard Planche," said embassy official, without elaborating.

The same efforts are being made for Planche as with two previous kidnappings of French hostages, the source said.

Three French journalists were kidnapped in two separate incidents by armed groups in Iraq. All three were released after months in captivity following high-profile campaigns for their freedom in France.

Planche was snatched from his home in the upmarket western Baghdad neighbourhood of Mansur by three gunmen and a woman.

The embassy had said it was concerned for the 52-year-old's safety accusing him of failing to take the necessary security steps.

"He was warned several times, without result, in recent months and on November 20 again. He thought he knew what he had to do," said the embassy official.

Planche worked for an organisation called AACCESS "in the social and economic sector."

Around 40 foreigners remain missing or reported kidnapped in the war-torn country since a spate of snatchings first blighted Iraq in April 2004.

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