#AceNewsServices – FRANCE:Dec.10- Serge Lazarevic, the last French hostage held in Africa, arrived in France on Wednesday morning, France 24 said.
‘ Serge Lazarevic, the last French hostage held in Africa ‘
He was released the previous day, following more than three years in captivity in Mali.
The Paris-based businessman, 50, who has dual French and Serbian citizenship, travelled to France from Niamey, the capital of Niger.
David Thomson, a journalist for the French international radio station RFI and a specialist in Islamist groups, told Le Monde it was probable that a ransom had been paid and an exchange of prisoners agreed for the hostage’s release.
Lazarevic was kidnapped by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, in the Malian town of Hombori on November 24, 2011.
Lazarevic, who holds French and Serbian nationality, was kidnapped along with a second Frenchman, Philippe Verdon, whom he was accompanying on a business trip, in northern Mali in November 2011.
A group of armed men burst into their hotel rooms and snatched them, claiming they were working for French intelligence services.