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4 French journalists held hostage in Syria freed

PARIS - Four French journalists held hostage in Syria for 10 months have been released, officials said Saturday, the latest batch of reporters to be freed in what has become the world's deadliest conflict for the media.

 

President Francois Hollande's office said in a statement Saturday that he felt "immense relief" over the release of Edouard Elias, Didier
Francois, Nicolas Henin and Pierre Torres - all said to be in good health despite the "very trying conditions" of their captivity.

 

"We are very happy to be free ... and it's very nice to see the sky, to be able to walk, to be able to ... speak freely," said Francois, who works for Europe 1 radio, in footage recorded by the private Turkish news agency DHA as the journalists left a police station. Elias, a photographer, also worked for Europe 1 radio. Henin and Torres are freelance journalists. (AP)