French authorities 'highly mobilised' for hostage

7th December 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 7 (AFP) - French authorities are "extremely mobilised" to try to secure the release of a French engineer kidnapped at gunpoint in the Iraqi capital, a government spokesman said Wednesday.

PARIS, Dec 7 (AFP) - French authorities are "extremely mobilised" to try to secure the release of a French engineer kidnapped at gunpoint in the Iraqi capital, a government spokesman said Wednesday.

Jean-Francois Cope said the authorities were doing all they could to win the safe release of Bernard Planche, 52, who was snatched from his home in an upmarket Baghdad neighbourhood on Monday by three gunmen and a woman.

He repeated the government's advice for French nationals to exercise the utmost caution while in Iraq.

Since August 2004 three French journalists have been 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.

Around 40 foreigners remain missing or reported kidnapped in the war-torn country since a spate of kidnappings began in April 2004.

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