November 28, 1987 |
Islamic extremists, citing assurances of an impending change in France's policy toward the Middle East, freed two French hostages in West Beirut on Friday. Jean-Louis Normandin, 36, a television lighting technician, and Roger Auque, 31, a free-lance photographer, were released from separate cars outside the seaside Summerland Hotel, about 50 yards from waiting French Embassy officials and Syrian secret servicemen.
December 23, 1986
A clandestine Muslim extremist group in Lebanon said in a statement that it will soon free one of its two French hostages. "In the spirit of Christmas, we announce that we shall soon release one of the French hostages as a new gesture," a handwritten statement from the "Revolutionary Justice Organization" said.
April 17, 1986
The French government has received short, handwritten letters from four French hostages in Lebanon that reportedly show they are in good health, officials in Paris and a French television station said. The messages from the four--Antenne 2 television crew members Philippe Rochot, Georges Hansen, Aurel Cornea and Jean-Louis Normandin--are believed by the government to be genuine and represent a "glimmer of hope," the station said.
December 12, 1986 |
France won the release of two French hostages in Beirut after making political concessions to Iran and paying the kidnapers the equivalent of $2.3 million, the newspaper Liberation reported today. Premier Jacques Chirac said only state-to-state negotiations were involved in gaining the June 20 release of Philippe Rochot and Georges Hansen, two members of a four-man French Antenne 2 television crew that was abducted in Beirut on March 8.
March 20, 1987 |
Syrian soldiers deployed in Muslim West Beirut have threatened severe retaliation if kidnapers kill any of the 25 foreigners held hostage in Lebanon, police said Thursday. "The Syrians have sent messages through Shia clergymen that they will not sit idly by if a foreign hostage is killed," a police official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "They threatened the severest possible punishment."