France/Afghanistan: Osama Bin Laden threatens to kill French hostages

In a new audio message broadcast by the Qatari television network Al-JazeeraAl-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden threatened to kill theFrench hostages held in Afghanistan.

Bin Laden stated that President Nicolas Sarkozy’s stance on Islamwould cost France a lot and added that the release of journalists Hervé Ghesquière and Stéphane Taponier depended on the country’s withdrawal from Afghanistan.

As a reminder, the two journalists were kidnapped on December 30, 2009 in the province of Kapisa, 60 kilometres east of Kabul.