Will not stop fighting Islamic State despite abduction: France

Paris: France's prime minister says his country won't stop fighting Islamic State militants despite demands by kidnappers holding a French hostage.

 Will not stop fighting Islamic State despite abduction: France

In this still image from video published on the Internet on Monday, by a group calling itself Jund al-Khilafah, or Soldiers of the Caliphate, a captive Frenchman appeals to French President Francois Hollande to help free him. AP

The 55-year-old man was abducted in Algeria on Monday by a splinter group from al-Qaida's North African branch. The Jund al-Khilafah, or Soldiers of the Caliphate, said it would kill him unless France halts it airstrikes in Iraq within 24 hours.

Manuel Valls said on Tuesday on Europe 1 radio that French authorities are "doing everything" to try to free the hostage, but won't negotiate with his captors.

He said, "if we cede, if we retreat one inch, that would hand victory" to the militants.

French forces on Friday joined the US in carrying out airstrikes against extremists who have overrun large areas of Syria and Iraq.

AP

Updated Date: Sep 23, 2014 15:13:45 IST