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President Francois Hollande said Thursday that a French family kidnapped in Cameroon was probably being held in two groups, as security forces searched along the border in Nigeria where they are believed to have been taken.
"We are fully cooperating with Nigerian and Cameroonian authorities to find the location where our citizens are being held," Hollande told reporters.
"For the moment the best thing is to work with some discretion, to first of all identify the exact place where our citizens are being held, probably in two groups, and how we would be able to free them under the best conditions," he said.
He also noted that the French army has forces stationed "not far," in Chad, but made no further comment.