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MILITANTS have reportedly set a 48-hour deadline after taking two French journalists hostage in Iraq and demanding the rescinding of a ban on the Islamic headscarf in French schools.
The Arabic satellite news channel Al-Jazeera broke news of the latest hostage drama today, saying it had received video footage of the captured men.
The kidnappers from the Islamic Army in Iraq, the same group which killed Italian journalist Enzo Baldoni after taking him hostage, had given Paris a 48-hour ultimatum to meet its demands, the Qatar-based station said, citing "our own sources in Iraq".
France says it has stepped up its efforts to free two French journalists being held hostage by Iraqi militants who are demanding an end to a ban on Islamic headscarves in French schools.
The two award-winning journalists went missing in Iraq 10 days ago, while they were on their way to the troubled city of Najaf.
Al Jazeera television has shown brief footage of the journalists, saying they are being held by a group calling itself the Islamic Army in Iraq.
The French Government says its embassy in Baghdad is extending itself even further to find the men.
Originally posted by GradyPhilpott
I hope this helps the French decide who to back in the next war.
Originally posted by Jack Martin
The French are so damned unpredictable, man... First they embrace exiles, then they tell them they can't wear all that religious crap... I say nuke 'em.