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Paris confirms French hostage kidnapped by Qaeda killed in Mali

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French President Francois Hollande on Monday "formally confirmed" the death of French hostage Philippe Verdon at the hands of his Al-Qaeda captors in Mali.

"The death of our compatriot Mr Philippe Verdon is formally confirmed," Hollande said in a statement. "The remains will be transferred to our country as soon as possible and the autopsy will reveal the causes of his death."

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http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130715/paris-confirms-french-hostage-kidnapped-qaeda-killed-mali