FARC 'to free today' French journalist in Colombia

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FARC 'to free today' French journalist in Colombia

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The release of a kidnapped French journalist, held by left-wing rebels in Colombia, is said to be imminent.

The humanitarian mission involved in the negotiations to free Romeo Langlois says arrangements are being made for him to be handed over on Wednesday.

A video of the 35-year-old was shown on Venezuelan TV on Monday night. He was captured by the FARC a month ago during an army operation in the south of the country.

“We have good news to pass on, we’ve received confirmation that the release will take place in Florencia, in the district of Caqueta,” said Daniel Munoz from the International Committee of the Red Cross in Florencia.

The Colombian government has said the military will suspend operations for 48 hours in the handover zone – a condition demanded by the rebels.

The FARC, which the authorities say funds itself largely through the cocaine trade, said in February that it was ending ransom kidnapping as a goodwill gesture in the hope of launching peace talks.