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Last French hostage Serge Lazarevic freed

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Serge LazarevicFrench President François Hollande announced today the release of Serge Lazarevic. Kidnapped in Hombori (Mali) by al- Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) November 24, 2011 with Philippe Verdon , who was assassinated in 2013, Serge Lazarevic , 50, was the last French hostage held in the world. The statement from the French Presidency said that Serge Lazarevic is “relatively healthy.”

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