French hostages Herve Ghesquier, Stephane Taponie, and Reza Din freed in Afghanistan after 547 days

Paris (CNN) — Two French journalists held hostage in Afghanistan since December 30, 2009, have been released along with their interpreter, officials said Wednesday.

The France 3 Television journalists, Herve Ghesquiere and Stephane Taponier, as well as interpreter Reza Din, had been held for 547 days.

Ghesquiere and Taponier departed Afghanistan on Wednesday evening for Paris, the French Embassy in Kabul said Thursday.

They flew aboard a French government plane accompanied by a representative from the French Foreign Ministry, said French Embassy Defense Attache Eric Fournier.


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