France says wants 'contact' with Al-Qaeda on hostages

23rd September 2010, Comments 0 comments

France hopes to contact Al-Qaeda in order to hear its demands after the militant Islamist group kidnapped five French nationals in Niger last week, Defence Minister Herve Morin said Thursday.

"We have not received any proof of life, but we have every reason to think they are alive," Morin told RTL radio, adding that the five hostages and two African colleagues had probably been moved to northern Mali.

"For the moment our concern is to be able to enter in contact with Al-Qaeda, to know what the demands are, which we haven't received," he said.

© 2010 AFP

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