President Francois Hollande, at a news conference on Tuesday, said that the abducted Frenchwoman is a 30-year-old who worked for the World Bank.
"She was kidnapped in front of a ministry in Yemen," he said. "We ask for her to be released as soon as possible, we are trying to locate her and will do all we can for her to be freed."
Gunmen kidnapped the woman and her Yemeni driver in Yemen's capital on Tuesday morning as she was on her way to work, Yemeni security sources and French authorities said.
The unidentified gunmen intercepted the vehicle on 45th Street in central Sanaa and took the two people to an unknown location, the Yemeni sources said.
They said the Frenchwoman was a consultant to Yemen's Social Fund for Development, a state fund set up in 1997 to promote development and poverty reduction.