PARIS – President Francois Hollande says four Frenchmen taken hostage by Islamic extremists in Niger have been released.
The four were taken in September 2010 from their dormitories in the town of Arlit, where they worked for the French nuclear company Areva.
Hollande made the announcement Tuesday during a trip to Slovakia, crediting the Niger president with their release.
He did not give details of exactly how or when they were freed.
A grandfather of one of the freed hostages told French television that they were all in good health.