President Biya Announces the Freeing of French Family Adducted in Cameroon


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H.E President Paul Biya

Seven members of a French family abducted in Cameroon on February 19, 2013 have been freed. The declaration was made in a Communiqué by the Head of State of the Republic of Cameroon, His Excellency President Paul Biya read on the national Radio, CRTV Yaoundé on Friday, 19 April 2013.

The family, which includes four children (aged 5 to 12), was abducted by gunmen on motorbikes exactly two months ago after a visit to Waza National Park in northern Cameroon in the town of Dabanga.

After news of their abduction and kidnap, militants from the Nigerian group Boko Haram published a video on YouTube declaring that they were responsible and therefore holding the family.

In his statement, the Head of State said that the hostages who were seized by six gunmen and taken to neighboring Nigeria, had been “handed over last night to Cameroonian authorities”.

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Freed Moulin-Fournier family. (Courtesy AFP)

President Biya also thanked the governments of Nigeria and France for their assistance. He also expressed deep gratitude to all others who contributed in any way towards the successful results. The Head of State finally reaffirmed his determination to lose no effort to maintain Cameroon as a country of hospitality, Peace, Stability, tolerance and of progress.

The release has been confirmed by the governments of all three countries: Cameroon, Nigeria and France. On their part, the Presidency of France (The Élysée Palace) has especially thanked President Paul Biya for his contribution to the liberation of the seven French citizens. It should be noted that President Biya’s Government is extremely opposed to such acts of violence and terrorism.

The family is made up of Tanguy Moulin-Fournier (father), who works for the French gas group GDF Suez in Yaoundé; his wife Albane and their four sons, Eloi, Andeol, Mael and Clarence. This also includes their uncle (the father’s brother) Cyril Moulin-Fournier who normally lives in Barcelona, Spain. The family, with the exception of the uncle, moved to Yaoundé in 2011 when the father began a job there overseeing the construction of a liquid natural gas plant.

Cameroon’s Communications Minister Issa Tchiroma Bakary has told the press that the family is in good condition and unharmed. Minister Tchiroma added that the release was negotiated, through collaboration between the authorities of Cameroon, Nigeria and French.

The family is now in Fance after first meeting with French Embassy officials at the French Embassy in Yaoundé (Capital of Cameroon).

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