French hostage in Somalia asks help for release: SITE

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A French security advisor who was kidnapped in Somalia 11 month ago appealed for help to ensure his release, in a video posted on Jihadist websites and picked up by SITE monitoring group on Wednesday.

"I ask the French people to do everything for my release," the hostage, dressed in orange, seated on the ground and surrounded by four armed men, read from a paper in French.

The last announcement on the man's situation came in September, when his kidnappers issued a set of demands to the French government. They called for the immediate end to any political and military support for the "apostate government of Somalia" and withdrawal of French personnel and advisors from the country.

© 2010 AFP

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