One of the freed hostages (left)
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French hostages freed in Niger

30 October 2013 Last updated at 02:32 GMT

Four French hostages kidnapped in Niger in 2010 have been released, France's President Hollande has announced.

The four men were flown into Niger's capital, Niamey, where they were greeted by the French foreign and defence ministers.

French officials said the four men were freed without a military assault or a ransom being paid.

They were seized on 16 September 2010 in raids targeting two French firms operating a uranium mine. Thomas Fessy reports.