PARIS — French authorities have received new evidence that a security adviser kidnapped in Somalia is alive after nearly a year and half held hostage.
A spokesman for France's international intelligence agency DGSE, Nicolas Wuest-Famose, says it is in negotiations with the hostage-takers that are "rather hard."
He said Tuesday that the new "piece of evidence" shows that hostage Denis Allex is alive, but gives no information about his health or where he is held.
The DGSE is not saying whether the evidence, received Dec. 6, was a video.
Allex was kidnapped from a hotel in Mogadishu on July 14, 2009 with a colleague who later said he escaped. They were in Somalia to train government forces, which are fighting Islamist militiamen.