A picture dated 22nd June 2013 shows Serge Lazarevic’s daughter, Diane (centre) holding a portrait of her father as she participates in a rally to demand release of hostages after 1,000 days of detention, in Paris, France. French President Francois Hollande announced the liberation of France’s last remaining hostage, Franco-Serbian Serge Lazarevic, who had been captured in Mali in November 2011 by Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQMI). Photograph: Marlene Awaad/EPA

President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday that the last French citizen held hostage, a 50-year-old man seized in 2011 by Al Qaeda’s north African ar(...)

A French soldier photographed in an armoured vehicle outside Gao, Mali, earlier this month. Militants say they killed their hostage Philippe Verdon in retaliation for the French intervention in Mali. Photograph: Emmanuel Braun/Reuters

Al-Qaeda's wing in north Africa said it had beheaded a French hostage in retaliation for France's intervention in Mali, Mauritania's ANI news a(...)