Sunday, June 12, 2005
The French foreign affairs department has announced that the French journalist Florence Aubenas (working on behalf of Libération) and her guide Hussein Hanoun Al-Saadi have been freed this morning.
They had been held hostage in Iraq since January 5, 2005 — a total of 158 days.
French president Jacques Chirac said in a televised speech that the freed French reporter and her Iraqi driver are in "good health" and said that Aubenas is on a plane heading for France.
== Sources ==
"French hostage released-French foreign ministry" — Reuters, June 12, 2005 "Joy at release of hostages Florence Aubenas and Hussein Hanoun" — Reporters without borders, June 12, 2005