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Hollande: Al-Qaeda 'Not to Be Trusted'
The Local ^ | 27 Dec 2012

Posted on 12/30/2012 3:42:57 PM PST by nickcarraway

President François Hollande said on Thursday that Islamist groups holding French hostages in Africa were not trustworthy and should not be taken seriously after Al-Qaeda accused Paris of blocking negotiations for their release.

There are a total of nine French hostages on the continent. On Tuesday the Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) said France was snubbing talks proposed by the group to free four French citizens abducted in Niger in September 2010.

"The less one speaks, the better one can work," Hollande told journalists during a visit to Rungis, a giant wholesale food market just outside Paris.

"There have been contacts," with the kidnappers, Hollande said, adding: "But today, the word of the kidnappers is not credible.

"The best way to get our nationals out of the hands of the people who captured them is to remain as discreet as possible and not to enter into any kind of debate.

"Protecting our citizens, fighting terrorism, assuring the liberation of hostages, all this is not contradictory ... I say to the kidnappers – it is high time that you release them."

The latest kidnap occurred in northern Nigeria last week and it was claimed by the radical Islamist group Ansaru which cited France's push for military intervention in Mali as a justification.

Paris has backed plans to deploy a west African force to northern Mali to flush out Al-Qaeda-linked Islamist groups who took control of the vast desert territory earlier this year after a coup.

Eight French hostages are being held in sub-Saharan Africa and one in Somalia.

In a video released Tuesday by Mauritanian online news agency Sahara Medias, AQIM said France was dragging its feet over the fate of the hostages abducted in 2010.

"France bears responsibility for the halt in negotiations and their complete blockage," said AQIM leader Abou Zeid. "We are for negotiations and we have told France this a year ago."

Hollande said there would be a fresh meeting in Paris on Friday to review the fate of the French nationals in captivity.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 2010; abouzeid; africa; alqaeda; ansaru; aqim; europeanunion; france; francoishollande; hollande; hostage; hostages; islamicmaghreb; leadersahip; leadership; mali; mauritania; niger; nigeria; paris; rungis; saharamedias; somalia; surrendermonkey; waronterror; zeid

1 posted on 12/30/2012 3:43:05 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: Cincinna

Gallic Ping.


2 posted on 12/30/2012 3:44:35 PM PST by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: nickcarraway

Has the French Foreign Legion been disbanded?


3 posted on 12/30/2012 3:45:46 PM PST by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: nickcarraway

mirror, mirror...


4 posted on 12/30/2012 3:47:39 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: nickcarraway

mirror, mirror...


5 posted on 12/30/2012 3:48:02 PM PST by GeronL (http://asspos.blogspot.com)
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To: nickcarraway

The only thing which would work would be for France to threaten to expel every Muslim in France, and dump them in Mali.


6 posted on 12/30/2012 3:51:25 PM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: nickcarraway
Hey, François Hollande Frankie: muslim troglodytes-from-hell are NOT to be trusted.
7 posted on 12/30/2012 3:57:34 PM PST by carriage_hill (Have A Happy & Healthy New Year!)
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To: Lurker
"Has the French Foreign Legion been disbanded?"

LOL, the FFL ---> Muzzie Bros.

8 posted on 12/30/2012 4:01:36 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: PapaBear3625

From Charlemagne to Hollande. One marks the beginning of French culture, the other the end. Its ironic that Islam had a role at both.


9 posted on 12/30/2012 4:02:20 PM PST by allendale
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To: nickcarraway

Nothing slips past this guy!


10 posted on 12/30/2012 4:05:53 PM PST by depressed in 06 (America conceived in liberty, dies in slavery.)
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To: nickcarraway

What’s the French word for “Duh”?


11 posted on 12/30/2012 4:07:45 PM PST by Mobties (Let the markets work! Reduce the government's footprint!)
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To: Lurker

no it has not, and they usually don’t telegraph what they are up to. the only evidence of their passing would be a
bad guy in a pool of blood from his neatly cut throat.


12 posted on 12/30/2012 4:09:41 PM PST by RitchieAprile (the obstreperous gentleman..)
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To: Cincinna; AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; ...

A great update from France-swa.

Thanks nickcarraway.


13 posted on 12/30/2012 4:35:13 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Romney would have been worse, if you're a dumb ass.)
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To: RitchieAprile

And if someone should defect from them, do they still hunt him down?;)


14 posted on 12/30/2012 4:37:05 PM PST by Frank_2001
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To: nickcarraway
what was yer first clue you dumb sh!t you???
15 posted on 12/30/2012 4:44:29 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: nickcarraway

Zut alors!


16 posted on 12/30/2012 4:50:49 PM PST by beethovenfan (If Islam is the solution, the "problem" must be freedom.)
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To: nickcarraway

Frank must be a regular MENSA member.


17 posted on 12/30/2012 5:03:52 PM PST by fieldmarshaldj (Resist We Much)
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To: nickcarraway

Quoi?


18 posted on 12/30/2012 5:41:56 PM PST by Winstons Julia (Hello OWS? We don't need a revolution like China's; China needs a revolution like OURS.)
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To: nickcarraway

Francis should get along well with Slow Joe, they are both so clever and quick.


19 posted on 12/30/2012 6:08:43 PM PST by RetiredTexasVet (Save the nation, have your family's progressives spayed or neutered.)
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To: nickcarraway

No sh!t, Dick Tracy!!!


20 posted on 12/30/2012 6:29:28 PM PST by jivin gene (Breakin' up is hard to do)
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To: jivin gene

No sh!t, Dick Tracy!!!

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I thought it was Sherlock!


21 posted on 12/30/2012 6:41:17 PM PST by Chickensoup (Leftist Totalitarian Fascism coming to a country like yours.)
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