French Journalists Freed

    Members of the group which support the two France 3 television journalists who are held hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan hold placards with the photos of Herve Ghesquiere and Stephane Taponier to mark one year and six month of their captivity in Paris June 29, 2011. Ghesquiere and Taponier, captured on December 29, 2009 in Kapisa province, northeast of the capital Kabul, along with their Afghan driver and translator, have been freed, France 3 TV said today. The placard reads "Free the hostage."

    Jacky Naegelen, Reuters / Landov

    There’s a happy ending to the story of French journalists Hervé Ghesquière and Stéphan Taponier. The pair, kidnapped by Taliban fighters two years ago, along with their native guides, have been released and are headed back to their home country in good health. They were taken hostage on December 29, 2009 in the village of Umar Khel, northeast of Kabul. Details of their release—as well as the status of their driver and fixer—are not yet known. The men were the longest-held French hostages since the Lebanese civil war and had become a media fixation.

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