Cameraman Stephane Taponier and reporter Herve Ghesquiere
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French journalists held hostage by Taliban return home

Two French journalists held hostage by the Taliban in Afghanistan for 18 months have arrived in France, flying into an airport near Paris.

Cameraman Stephane Taponier and reporter Herve Ghesquiere were freed in circumstances that remain unclear.

The pair were kidnapped with Afghan colleagues near Kabul in December 2009 while on assignment for French TV.

Mr Ghesquiere said: "We knew about the support back home...that was very important to keep us going."

  • 30 Jun 2011