Areva and Vinci evacuate expatriate employees from Niger

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French companies Areva et Vinci have decided to evacuate all their expatriate employees working at mines in northern Niger following the kidnap of five French and two Africans, they said Friday.

"All of our in the north of Niger will be expatriated to Niamey," an Areva spokeswoman said.

A Vinci spokesman earlier told AFP that all of its employees working at Areva's Arlit uranium mine in northern Niger would be pulled back to the Niger capital by the end of the weekend, followed later by those working at thbe Imouraren site.

© 2010 AFP

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