French journalists have been out on the streets of Paris in a bid to keep the fate of two colleagues kidnapped in Iraq to the forefront of peoples’ minds. The group Reporters Sans Frontieres wanted to remind the public that it has been four months since Christian Chesnot and George Malbrunot were seized by militants. The French government says it has been receiving regular information about the pair and it appears they are alive and well.
The head of Reporters Sans Frontieres says: “We’re here because we want to tell people not to forget them. Everybody comes here to do their Christmas shopping. But for two families their loved ones will be missed at the Christmas table.” Chesnot and Barnier disappeared along with their Syrian driver in August as they travelled towards Najaf. The driver was rescued in November when US Marines were attempting to driver rebels out of Fallujah. At the time he said he believed the journalists were alive.