FRANCE - The middleman: negotiating between hostage takers and governments

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For several months this year, France held the dubious record of being the Western country with the highest number of nationals held hostage abroad. The hostage-taking "market" can be lucrative; over the years, unofficial middlemen have been hired to mediate between kidnappers and their hostages' governments. Well connected, they work in the shadows - but their role is far from being on a voluntary basis. We meet one of them.

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