President Hollande welcomes release of French hostages in Syria
Release of the French hostages – Communiqué issued by the Presidency of the Republic
Paris, 19 April 2014
The French President was hugely relieved to hear this morning of the release of four French journalists who had been held hostage in Syria since June 2013.
Edouard Elias, Didier François, Nicolas Hénin and Pierre Torres are in good health, despite the very testing conditions of their captivity. They will return to France in the coming hours.
The Head of State thanks all those who made a happy outcome to this ordeal possible.
The President shares the joy of our compatriots’ families, who endured the anguish of this ordeal with a great sense of responsibility. He also pays tribute to all those friends and relatives who expressed their solidarity with our compatriots.
He reiterates his deep commitment to freedom of the press, which requires the crucial respect for journalists’ safety and integrity in their role of informing people.
The President remains concerned about the fate of two other French nationals still being held in the Sahel. He reaffirms his support for their families and recalls his determination and the state services’ tireless efforts to secure their release.