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Freed French Hostages Back in France after Iraq Captivity


Two French journalists who were held hostage in Iraq for four months have arrived back in France.

Joyful relatives tearfully greeted the men - Christian Chesnot and Georges Malbrunot - upon their arrival at an air base outside Paris Wednesday.

French President Jacques Chirac cut short a vacation in Morocco to be on hand for the arrival.

French officials have said no ransom was paid for the release, which came Tuesday.

The journalists were abducted while traveling to Najaf August 20. They were held by a group calling itself the Islamic Army of Iraq, which has previously killed hostages.

Some information for this report provided by AFP and AP.

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