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'Cruel and cowardly' - France in shock at jihadist murder of Hervé Gourdel

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'Cruel and cowardly' - France in shock at jihadist murder of Hervé Gourdel

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French President Francois Hollande has described the killing of mountain guide Hervé Gourdel as a “cruel and cowardly act:”

His captors, an Algerian jihadist group linked to ISIL, posted a video of his murder called “Message of Blood for the French government.”

The French President speaking at the United Nations said: “This is not the first time that France has been affected by acts of terrorism. And we have not been defeated. Each time we become stronger and more unified. Other countries have been hit by this barbarity That is why our response must be global. It must be fast, And it must be sustainable.

Monsieur Gourdel was kidnapped on Sunday while driving through the Kabylie region of Algeria.

The 55-year-old was on a hiking and cave exploration holiday when he was abducted.

The killers had issued France a deadline to halt airstrikes against ISIL, when it expired the hostage was beheaded.