The French President, Francois Hollande, is in Algeria. He did not apologize directly for France's brutal colonial rule over the North African country. But Hollande did acknowledge Algerian suffering under his country's rule.
President Francois Hollande says France is acting against terrorism in the face of threats. Prime Minister Manuel Valls says France will not negotiate with a group that took a hiker hostage in Algeria on Sunday.
Prime Minister Manuel Valls has said that France's government is "doing everything" to try to free a hostage held by allies of the "Islamic State" in Algeria. But, he said, there would be "no negotiation" with the group.
Officials in Paris have confirmed that a French citizen was kidnapped in Algeria. In a video from the captors, a man appears, saying he is the hostage, urging an end to French airstrikes against "IS" targets.
Paris-based journalist Franck Guillory tells DW how the beheading of French citizen Herve Gourdel by an Islamic State (IS) affiliated group known as Jund al-Khilafah has changed popular thinking in France.
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