Sarkozy slams 'barbarians' who killed French hostage

20th October 2011, Comments 0 comments

French President Nicolas Sarkozy on Thursday denounced as "barbarians" the Somali kidnappers who were demanding a ransom for the body of a Frenchwoman who had died in their captivity.

"Those who committed this unspeakable act are nothing but a gang of barbarians," Sarkozy told AFP during a visit to a waste treatment centre in western France.

"This 66-year-old woman, gravely ill, who had cancer, who was quadriplegic, was kidnapped and not given the medication that she needed," he said.

"Barbarians who act this way, I don't think we can show much weakness towards them."

French Defence Minister Gerard Longuet said earlier that the kidnappers were demanding a ransom in return for the body of 66-year-old Marie Dedieu.

France said Wednesday that Dedieu, who was kidnapped on October 1 and taken to Somalia, had died in the hands of her captors, most probably because they had refused to provide her medication.

© 2011 AFP

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