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Jubilation as French reporters freed in Iraq after hostage ordeal

Two French journalists held hostage in Iraq for four months have been freed, officials said, sending France into jubilation as emotional relatives called it “the most beautiful Christmas present ever.”After months of anguish and tortured diplomacy, Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin informed the French senate “with deep joy” that Christian Chesnot of Radio France Internationale and Georges Malbrunot of Le Figaro newspaper were now free. The insurgency group that had been holding them, the Islamic Army in Iraq, said it released the pair because of France’s stance against the US-led war in Iraq and their own support for Palestinian statehood, the Arabic television station Al-Jazeera reported.Full Story

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