Chirac renews appeals for releaseof French hostages

31st August 2004, Comments 0 comments

SOCHI, Russia, Aug 31 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac renewed his appeal here Tuesday for the release of two French journalists held hostage in Iraq.

SOCHI, Russia, Aug 31 (AFP) - French President Jacques Chirac renewed his appeal here Tuesday for the release of two French journalists held hostage in Iraq.  

"I renew here my solemn appeal for the freedom" of the two journalists," Chirac said at a news conference following talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder.  

Chirac's appeal came as French Foreign Minister Michel Barnier was in Amman to solicit Jordan's help in securing the release of the two journalists who were kidnapped by a Sunni Muslim group calling itself the Islamic Army of Iraq.  

The group has demanded that France rescind a controversial law due to go into effect this week banning the wearing of Muslim headscarves and other outwards signs of religious affiliation in French state schools.  

The Arabic satellite television network Al-Jazeera on Monday broadcast video footage of the journalists, Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot, calling on France to bow to the demands of their kidnappers.  

French officials have asserted that the law will stand.

 

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