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French government says French journalist kidnapped
French foreign minister: French journalist kidnapped in Colombia during clash
By The Associated Press

PARIS (AP) ' France's Foreign Ministry says that a French journalist who disappeared in Colombia was kidnapped during a clash between government forces and rebels.

The ministry cites Foreign Minister Alain Juppe as saying that Romeo Langlois "was kidnapped during a clash between Colombian troops and the FARC."

The ministry gave no details about who was holding Langlois or where.



Ministry spokesman Romain Nadal says the French government remains very prudent in all kidnapping cases to protect the safety of the hostages.

Romeo Langlois had been accompanying troops on a counterdrug mission in the Caqueta state. He went missing Saturday after combat with leftist rebels that killed three soldiers and a police officer.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) ' Colombian officials say a French journalist remains unaccounted for in southern Colombia after combat with leftist rebels although five security force members who went missing with him have reappeared.

Romeo Langlois disappeared Saturday after troops he was accompanying on a counterdrug mission came under attack by rebels of the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

Colombia's Defense Ministry says three soldiers and a police officer were killed in the fighting.

The ministry says via a text message that four soldiers and a police officer initially unaccounted for had resurfaced. It says two are wounded.

France 24 television says Langlois is a 35-year-old freelancer and was on assignment for the network. He has also written for the daily Le Figaro.

The FARC recently pledged to halt all ransom kidnapping.


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