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Al-Qaeda-Linked Gang Kills 78-Year-Old French Hostage, AFP Says

July 26 (Bloomberg) -- An Al-Qaeda-linked gang in the Sahara desert has killed a 78-year-old French hostage in retaliation for the killing of six of its members in a failed Mauritanian-French rescue raid, Agence France-Presse reported, citing an audio statement broadcast by Al-Jazeera.

France has received no confirmation of the death of Michel Germaneau and President Nicolas Sarkozy will hold a crisis meeting of his inner cabinet today, AFP reported.

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