On April 22nd, the MUJAO (Movement for Oneness and Jihad in West Africa) announced the death of their french hostage Gilberto Leal. Now France has only one hostage left, in Mali. Serge Lazaveric was kidnapped in November 2011 by AQIM (Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb) with his co-worker Philippe Verdon who was found in July 2013 shot in the head. AQIM said they were members of the French secret services and so kidnapped them. Lazarevic indeed created a security agency in France but then was working as a foreman in a construction company and we don’t know so much about him.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Office, Lazarevic is held hostage by Abdelkrim al Tarqui, one terrorist leader who is already responsible of the assassination of two journalists of RFI radio station, still in Mali. So the future of Lazaveric is less than sure.
However, the official list of hostages doesn’t take into account non-official hostages. According to the Quai d’Orsay (French Ministry of Foreign Office), someone kidnapped is considered as hostage only if the main reason of kidnapping is its nationality. The French music conductor Rodolfo Cazares, who has double nationally with Mexico, is indeed held in hostage by a drug cartel. Even if the Quai d’Orsay is aware of the situation and doing “its maximum”, it doesn’t consider him as an hostage and thus doesn’t use all the resources it has to get him liberated.