French journalist held hostage in Iraq freed

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Sunday, June 12, 2005

The French foreign affairs department has announced that the French journalist Florence Aubenas (working on behalf of Libération) and her guide Hussein Hanoun Al-Saadi have been freed this morning.

They had been held hostage in Iraq since January 5, 2005 — a total of 158 days.

French president Jacques Chirac said in a televised speech that the freed French reporter and her Iraqi driver are in "good health" and said that Aubenas is on a plane heading for France.