Paris confirms French hostage kidnapped by Qaeda killed in Mali

2013-07-15 21:42

PARIS, July 15, 2013 (AFP) -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."