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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

French Hostage Phones

PARIS -- French photographer Brice Fleutiaux has spoken with a relative by telephone for the first time since he was kidnapped in Chechnya eight months ago, media watchdog Reporters Without Borders said Wednesday.

Fleutiaux told his mother he was well and begged her to secure his release.

The kidnappers had sent relatives two video cassettes of Fleutiaux and two written notes from him over the past few months but he had never been in direct touch, the Paris-based group said.