France says no plans for military action on hostages

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France has no plans for military action to free seven nuclear workers, five of them French, abducted from Niger last week by the north African branch of al-Qaeda, the country's top commander said Friday.

"Military intervention is not, at the moment I am speaking to you, the order of the day," Admiral Edouard Guillaud told Europe 1 radio.

He also said France was ready to make contact at any time with the abductors.

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