Paris - A French priest kidnapped by Islamic radicals in
Cameroon and held for seven weeks has arrived back in France.
A smiling Father Georges Vandenbeusch descended from the
plane at a military airport near Paris on Wednesday and shook hands with
President Francois Hollande, who was waiting on the tarmac.
There was never a claim of responsibility for the 13 November
kidnapping near the Nigerian border, but suspicion fell on the radical Islamic
sect Boko Haram or one of its splinter groups.
Each time French hostages are freed, there is speculation
about whether - or how much - ransom was paid. France insists, this time
included, that it does not pay ransom.
Instead, Hollande credited the "relentless" work
of authorities in Cameroon and Nigeria, but provided no details on the release.