Two French reporters captive in Afghanistan for year

December 29, 2010 11:38


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PARIS — The media rights group Reporters Without Borders has projected photos of two French journalists onto Paris' Arc de Triomphe to mark the first anniversary of their kidnapping in Afghanistan.

French Foreign Minister Michele Alliot-Marie says in a statement that securing freedom for TV journalists Herve Ghesquiere and Stephane Taponier — and six other French hostages around the world — is an "absolute priority" of the government.

The faces of the two men, who work for France-3 television, are also being projected later Wednesday onto the facade of the Paris City Hall. A candlelight vigil is also planned.

Taponier and Ghesquiere were kidnapped a year ago east of Kabul.

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