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Colombia's FARC to Release French Journalist Romeo Langlois

FILE - This undated file photo provided by France 24 television shows Romeo Langlois, the French journalist who went missing on April 29 2012 along with five Colombian security force members, following combat with leftist rebels.  Langlois, 35, was a freelancer on assignment for France 24 television while accompanying troops on a counter-drug mission in the southern state of Caqueta. Colombia's main rebel group says it is holding Langlois, but the ruling secretariat of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, did not say in their statement, released on Sunday May 6, 2012, if or when it plans to release him. (AP Photo/Woow, France 24, File)

FILE - This undated file photo provided by France 24 television shows Romeo Langlois, the French journalist who went missing on April 29 2012 along with five Colombian security force members, following combat with leftist rebels. Langlois, 35, was a freelancer on assignment for France 24 television while accompanying troops on a counter-drug mission in the southern state of Caqueta. Colombia's main rebel group says it is holding Langlois, but the ruling secretariat of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, did not say in their statement, released on Sunday May 6, 2012, if or when it plans to release him. (AP Photo/Woow, France 24, File)  (AP2012)

Colombia's largest guerrilla group said it will release a French journalist on Wednesday that it has held for a month after a firefight with the Colombian military.

The leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia said in a communique posted online Saturday night that it would shortly provide the handover coordinates to the International Red Cross, a delegate of the French government and former Colombian Sen. Piedad Córdoba.

The communique was signed by the group's 15th Front.

Romeo Langlois fell into rebels hands on April 28 while accompanying troops on a cocaine lab destruction mission in the jungles of southern Colombia. Rebels attacked, killing four security force members. Langlois was wounded in the arm.

Colombia's defense minister says a witness saw Langlois shed the helmet and body armor the military had given him and flee toward the rebels. The military unit had destroyed other labs in the area and was ambushed after arriving by helicopter.

Langlois, 35, was on assignment for France24 television. He has been reporting from Colombia for more than a decade and has also contributed to the French daily Le Figaro.

Reached in Mexico, Córdoba said she would return to Colombia immediately. A friend of Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, Cordoba has brokered rebel hostage releases since 2008.

The rebels, known by their Spanish initials FARC, took up arms in 1964 and announced in February that they were halting ransom kidnappings. Last month, they released 10 police and soldiers they called their last "political prisoners."

Based on reporting by the Associated Press.

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