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French journalist kidnapped in Mali appears in video asking for help

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A French journalist kidnapped by Islamist activists in the northern Mali town of Gao last month appeared in a video calling on French authorities to do their utmost to release him.

“My name is Olivier Dubois. I am French. I am journalist. I was kidnapped in Gao on April 8 by JNIM (Al-Qaeda North Africa).

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

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Reuters was unable to immediately confirm the authenticity of the clip.

Malian authorities were not immediately available for comment. The French Foreign Ministry declined to comment.



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