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French hostage freed in Mali arrives home in France to hugs

BAMAKO, Mali (AP) — A 75-year-old French aid worker held hostage for four years by Islamic extremists in Mali arrived Friday in France — and says she wants to return to her aid work with malnourished children in Africa despite the ordeal.



In this photo provided by the Mali Presidency, French ex-hostage Sophie Petronin is seen at the presidential palace after being released and flown to the capital Bamako, Mali, late Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. A prominent Malian politician and three European hostages freed by Islamic extremists in northern Mali this week landed in the country's capital late Thursday where they held emotional reunions with family members and were greeted by government officials. (Mali Presidency via AP)


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In this photo provided by the Mali Presidency, French ex-hostage Sophie Petronin is seen at the presidential palace after being released and flown to the capital Bamako, Mali, late Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. A prominent Malian politician and three European hostages freed by Islamic extremists in northern Mali this week landed in the country’s capital late Thursday where they held emotional reunions with family members and were greeted by government officials. (Mali Presidency via AP)



In this photo provided by the Mali Presidency, French ex-hostage Sophie Petronin, center right, who had spent nearly four years in captivity, meets with transitional president Col. Maj. Bah N'Daw, center left, at the presidential palace after being released and flown to the capital Bamako, Mali, late Thursday, Oct. 8, 2020. A prominent Malian politician and three European hostages freed by Islamic extremists in northern Mali this week landed in the country's capital late Thursday where they held emotional reunions with family members and were greeted by government officials. (Mali Presidency via AP)


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In this photo provided by the Mali Presidency, French ex-hostage Sophie Petronin, center right, who had spent nearly four years in captivity, meets

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