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French journalist kidnapped in northern Mali appears in video

PUBLISHED: Wed, 05 May 2021 07:25:44 GMT

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DAKAR, May 5 (Reuters) – A French journalist kidnapped by Islamist militants in the northern Mali city of Gao last month has appeared in a video appealing to French authorities to do everything they can to free him.

“I’m Olivier Dubois. I’m French. I’m a journalist. I was kidnapped in Gao on April 8 by the JNIM (al Qaeda North Africa).

“I’m speaking to my family, my friends and the French authorities for them to do everything in their power free me,” Dubois said in a 21-second video shared on social media.

Reuters was not immediately able to confirm the clip’s authenticity.

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Malian authorities were not immediately available for comment. The French foreign ministry declined to comment.

(Reporting by John Irish and Bate Felix ; editing by John Stonestreet)

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