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A French family of seven has been kidnapped in Cameroon.French President, François Hollande  while addressing the media yesterday in  Greece attributed the Kidnap to militants from neighbouring Nigeria .

The seven French nationals were abducted in Dabanga about 10 km (six miles) from the Nigerian border near the Waza national park, where they had spent the night in the extreme north of Cameroon,The Guardian reports

The parents of the family, which included two boys and two girls as well as another relative, worked for French utility firm GDF Suez.
The men on motorcycles, armed with Kalashnikovs, intercepted the family in their car at 0700 GMT and forced them to drive to the nearby Nigerian border, an aide to the governor of the province told Reuters.

The kidnapping comes six weeks after France launched a military intervention in another west African country, Mali, to fight Islamist groups who had taken over a swath of the north following a military coup.

Intense clashes between French troops and Islamist fighters continued on Tuesday in the remote Adrar des Ifoghas in northern Mali, where Islamists were said to have retreated. The French government said 20 Islamist rebels and one French soldier from the Foreign Legion had been killed in what appeared to be the first clashes in the remote northern terrain.