French woman kidnapped in Yemen

Security sources said earlier on Tuesday that gunmen had kidnapped a French woman and her Yemeni driver

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President Francois Hollande on Tuesday called for a French woman kidnapped by gunmen in the Yemeni capital to be released “as soon as possible”.

“We are trying to locate her,” he told reporters, adding that the 30-year-old woman works for the World Bank.

The French woman working the Yemeni capital Sanaa was kidnapped on Tuesday morning, France’s foreign ministry said earlier today.

“We unfortunately confirm the kidnapping this morning in Sanaa of a French citizen,” read a statement from the ministry, urging “all our compatriots to leave the country as fast as possible.”

A Yemeni security source said the woman and her local guide were abducted in the centre of the capital while in a taxi by unidentified armed men.

Yemen has descended into chaos since Shiite Huthi militia swept into Sanaa from their mountainous northern stronghold last year.

The Huthis overran the capital in September and installed a “presidential council” earlier this month after President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi and Prime Minister Khalid Bahah tendered their resignations.

Since then, France has joined countries such as Saudi Arabia, the United States, Egypt and Germany in shuttering its embassy in Sanaa.

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