Romeo Langlois, a French journalist embedded with a military patrol in Colombia , "was kidnapped during a clash between troops and Colombian FARC" and "the journalist was taken prisoner," said Minister of Foreign Affairs Alain Juppé. He added that France "is in conjunction with the Colombian authorities" on this issue.
The 35-year journalist, correspondent for France 24 in Colombia , had been missing since Saturday after a confrontation between the guerrillas and a patrol of the arm ed, with which he was traveling. Romeo Langlois preparing a story on the fight against drug trafficking and illegal mining in this Latin American country, according to media Colombian. According to direct the Minister of Defence of Colombia, Juan Carlos Pinzon, Langlois "was hit by a bullet in his left arm."
"WE HOPE THAT IT IS SAFE"
"We know it is a dangerous region. We are of course worried, but we trust that Romeo knows the area well and has lots of experience," said Nahida Nakad , editorial director of the External Audiovisual of France (AEF), which is France 24. We hope he is safe. We are in constant contact with his family. Any writing France 24 cares and is with her wholeheartedly. "
Four members of the police, three soldiers and a policeman were killed in the attack which took place in the department of Caquetá, in the south. Five soldiers missing after the fighting has been found, according to the Colombian army.
Since the beginning of the year, the FARC has proposed to open negotiations and released the latest police and military were holding hostage after they have formally renounced kidnapping against ransom. But government and guerrillas regularly oppose the terms of a dialogue.