Freed French hostages leave Cameroon for home

A French family of seven released after being held by an Islamist group in Nigeria for two months left Cameroon for France late Friday accompanied by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius.

The Moulin-Fournier family headed for home with the minister, who came to meet them in Yaounde earlier in the day and also met with Cameroon President Paul Biya.

French President Francois Hollande was to meet the former hostages at Orly airport when they arrived in the early hours of Saturday, his office said.

Tanguy and Albane Moulin-Fournier, their four children and Tanguy's brother, Cyril, were kidnapped in Cameroon on February 19 and taken to neighbouring Nigeria.

Their captors were a group called Boko Haram, an al-Qaeda-linked Islamist sect blamed for killing thousands of people since 2009 in an insurgency in northern Nigeria.

The seven were handed over to Cameroonian authorities on Thursday night in circumstances that remain unclear after an experience that left them much thinner and exhausted but otherwise in good health.