French hostage fate unknown as Paris refuses to bow to blackmail

A video screengrab shows a picture of French hostage Herve Gourdel outside the town hall in Saint-Martin-Vésubie, southeast France on September 22, 2014Paris (AFP) – The fate of a French hostage abducted in Algeria by jihadists threatening to kill him unless France stopped bombing Islamic State targets in Iraq remained uncertain Wednesday after Paris refused to bow to any form of blackmail.

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