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The video, believed to have been recorded September 22, showed journalists Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot "alive and in good health", Bernard Accoyer, the parliamentary leader of the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) party, said.
Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin showed the cassette during a meeting earlier in the day with the leaders of France's main political parties dedicated to the hostage crisis.
"It's bordering on the ridiculous. French diplomacy has been humiliated," said Segolene Royal, a Socialist regional leader.
Her remarks broke an unspoken agreement under which the opposition had refrained from criticising the government over its handling of the crisis since the hostages were seized by a group called the Islamic Army in Iraq on Aug. 20.