September 24th, 2010
10:58 AM ET

Official: Kidnapped journalists 'holding up'

French TV journalist Elise Lucet gathers support in Paris earlier this month for the two kidnapped journalists

Two French journalists seized by Taliban militants in Afghanistan late last year appeared to be "holding up" when they were contacted by phone, a French official said Friday.

"We were able to speak with them over the phone," Edouard Guillaud, head of the French military, told French radio station Europe 1.

"We also have proof that they are alive and that they are bravely withstanding the shock."

The official told the radio station that the journalists' "morale is good."

Guillaud said there were "reasonable hopes" they would be released by Christmas time.

Taliban militants captured the journalists in December and threatened to kill them if their demands are not met, including the release of some detainees held by France.

The journalists were identified as Herve Ghesquiere and Stephane Taponnier from France 3 Television.

In a written statement, the Taliban has said it has submitted a list of their "most ordinary detainees to the government of France for release as an exchange for the two Frenchmen and their Algerian colleague."

It added, "There is no other option for the release of the said detainees except the option of detainees exchange."

The statement said the detainees are miserable and facing torture and brutalities.

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  1. USMC Forever

    Oh well, go for the glory and you might just lose your head. A combat zone is no place for Jounalists who are unarmed or without protection, you will run into people who do not see things your way and the old "PRESS" signs/badges mean nothing. That won't buy you a 10 cent coffee, I guess these heros will have to learn their lesson like Dan Pearl, I guess I would go ahead and just throw my life away for my newspaper and the story and push up daisys,,,,NOT! When will people start using that gray matter between their ears?????

    September 30, 2010 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Eric

    The return of the troll...

    September 26, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  3. TRUTH

    IDIOT to HUMAN dialogue DICTIONARY. For those of you who are new to this board, here is a handy reference to what he is saying. 

    He hides behind lies and made up words to preach his hate every day on this forum because there is no moderator. This is a complete list of his entire knowledge and vocabulary, quite pathetic and laughable as it is...

    "360" means his version of taliban islam, the enemy of real islam. The goal is to serve demon masters as slaves by corrupting yourself with lies and evil deeds every waking moment, but you have to be arrogant about your chosen life and insult everyone. He is here to recruit by convincing readers that this is better than 180 through endless insults and hate preaching. 

    "180" means Truth and all good in the world, including the idea of God.

    "hindu" means anyone who is not a slave in 360.

    "pot head man gods" are the fit and tanned men of California with big muscles, nice cars and cute girlfriends. He is very jealous of this but also attracted, a strange mix which makes him rage.

    "hypocracy" means breathing to him.

    "prosthelytizing" is haram and means writing on CNN unless it is in praise of 360.  See also hypocracy.

    "haram" means forbidden, such as truth and working.  Crime is not haram but encouraged.

    "cow mama dung" means his mother's cooking and also the gospel of any belief system other than 360, both of which he hates.

    "filthy" means he is having those man-donkey love thoughts again.

    Remember these are not my views, these are just notes based on having read way too many of his deranged posts on these boards. He pretends like ending this war is what he wants, it is just another lie, he wants the destruction of everyone who does not convert to 360. THE TRUTH SHALL SET YOU FREE! 

    September 26, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      Reply to Truth. thank you where ever you are ..well done

      September 26, 2010 at 5:47 am | Report abuse |
      • T

        Dindy, thanks. I wish this board had a moderator. His type of posts belong on al jazeera not cnn.

        September 26, 2010 at 10:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Don't feed the troll..

      September 26, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  4. dindy Sri lanka

    They are in my prayers!! hoe nice to know that they talked through the p hone. BETTER THAN NO NEWS AT ALL.

    September 25, 2010 at 6:18 am | Report abuse |
  5. TRUTH

    IDIOT to HUMAN dialogue DICTIONARY. For those of you who are new to this board, here is a handy translation...

    "360" means taliban islam. The goal is to serve demon masters as slaves by corrupting yourself with lies and evil deeds every waking moment, but you have to be arrogant about your chosen life and insult everyone.

    "180" means Truth and all good in the world, including the idea of God.

    "hindu" means anyone who is not a slave in 360.

    "pot head man gods" are the fit and tanned men of California with big muscles, nice cars and cute girlfriends. He is very jealous of this but also attracted, a strange mix which makes him rage.

    "hypocracy" means breathing.

    "prosthelytizing" means writing on CNN. See also hypocracy.

    Remember these are not my views, these are just translations based on having read way too many of his deranged posts on these boards.

    September 24, 2010 at 10:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Eric

      Well done, i missed one.
      d. Worth nothing and ignorant

      September 25, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      TRUTH ,,..WELL WRITTEN ..WELL DONE

      September 26, 2010 at 5:39 am | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      My god of 1060 tell me to forgive you.

      September 26, 2010 at 5:40 am | Report abuse |
    • dindy Sri lanka

      Reply to truth, well written

      September 26, 2010 at 5:42 am | Report abuse |
  6. Eric

    That explains a lot. Stoned again eh?

    September 24, 2010 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Eric

    More fool you then.

    September 24, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |