French government: Woman kidnapped in Yemen set free

2015-08-07 10:04
Isabelle Prime. (File, AP)

Isabelle Prime. (File, AP)

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Paris - France said a woman who was kidnapped in Yemen in February has been freed.

Isabelle Prime, aged 31, had been working in Yemen for the World Bank for about a year when she was kidnapped.

She is now in the hands of French authorities and will be returned to France "in the coming hours," according to a statement early on Friday from the presidential Elysee palace.

Details of her release, including what group had been holding Prime, weren't divulged on Friday.

Prime was abducted in the rebel-held capital, Sanaa, along with her Yemeni translator, who was released shortly afterward.

Earlier this year, a video surfaced showing Prime pleading for help. In the video, she appeared frail and anguished, and she urged the leaders of France and Yemen to allow her to return to France.

Chaos is rampant in impoverished Yemen, with pro-government forces battling Shiite rebels.

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