URGENT ¥¥¥ Every reason to think French hostages in Sahel 'are alive': France

French Defence Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Monday said there was "every reason to believe" that French hostages being held in the Sahel region "are alive".

Le Drian's remarks on French television came amid fears for the lives of French hostages in the area following the reported killing over the weekend of two Al-Qaeda-linked leaders in Mali.