On Saturday, December 20, the French Foreign Minister reiterated what France is doing “Everything possible to allow for release.” Olivier Dubois, a financial hostage, while a German aid worker in Niger is released.
“Good news on the Niger side does not necessarily mean that there will be good news on the financial side.”Catherine Colonna said in an interview with Agence France-Presse on the sidelines of her visit to Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire.
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She noted that Olivier Dubois had just passed 20 months of deprivation of liberty following his kidnapping in Mali. “We are doing everything we can to allow the release of Olivier Dubois and the many other people who are being held against their will and in defiance of all justice.”she added.
Olivier Dubois is the only French hostage in the world not held by a country since the release in October 2020 of Sophie Petronin, who was also kidnapped in Mali. France also considers some of its nationals detained in Iran to be “State hostages”.
He was kidnapped by the main jihadist coalition in the Sahel region
Olivier Dubois himself confirmed his kidnapping in a video posted on social media on May 5, 2021. He explained that he was kidnapped on April 8 in Gao, northern Mali, by the Islam and Muslims Support Group (GSIM). The main jihadist alliance in the Sahel linked to al-Qaeda.
Meanwhile, France halted its anti-jihadist operation in the Sahel region, Barkhane, and withdrew its forces from Mali, with which relations have deteriorated greatly, and is in the process of considering changing the size and reducing its military presence in the Sahel region. region, while continuing to cooperate with several countries in the region in their fight against jihadist groups.
Olivier Dubois is a freelance journalist who has been living and working in Mali since 2015, collaborating notably with Liberation, Le Point and Jeune Afrique.