French family fly into Paris after hostage ordeal

A family of seven including four children who were held for two months by Islamists in Nigeria flew into Paris early Saturday days after having been released.

French President Francois Hollande was waiting to welcome the Moulin-Fournier family at Orly airport just south of Paris, as they flew in from Cameroon, where they were freed late on Thursday.

They were accompanied by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, who on Friday flew out bring them home.

The government has not so far shed any light on how their release was secured -- except to say that no ransom was paid and there was no military operation to free them.