France calls for 'immediate' release of Mali hostages

French President Francois Hollande waves from the steps of the Elysee Palace in Paris May 17, 2014. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

PARIS: French President Francois Hollande Monday demanded the release of top civil servants and others taken hostage in Mali's north after deadly clashes between separatists and the army.

Hollande called for the "immediate and unconditional release of Kidal's administrator and the hostages," a statement said, referring to the northern town where Saturday's clashes took place.





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