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Freed hostages arrive back in France

THREE YEARS LOST:A source close to the negotiators said a ransom of between 20 million and 25 million euros was paid for the four men, although France denies it

AFP, PARIS

A Malian security source also said that “the final negotiations took place in the Malian desert,” adding that “eminent Malians in the north provided timely assistance.”

Three other people who were kidnapped at the time — Francoise Larribe, a Togolese and a Madagascan — were freed in February 2011.

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