France welcomes home last hostage Lazarevic from Mali

France has welcomed home freed hostage Serge Lazarevic after he was released by Al Qaeda’s North Africa branch in Mali. Francois Hollande greeted the 51-year-old, who had been France’s last hostage being held abroad.

“Being a hostage is a bit difficult, it’s not easy. But life is beautiful, to be freed again,” Lazarevic told a waiting group of reporters after landing at Villacoublay airport near Paris on Wednesday morning.

Lazarevic, who had been held hostage for three years by al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, repeatedly thanked Hollande and the government “for having done everything to free me.”
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Source News: DW