France: Hostage-taking in Algeria won't stop us from fighting ISIS

France: Hostage-taking in Algeria won't stop us from fighting ISIS
Cars are parked in Nice, southeastern France, in front of the house called "Villa Marie Joseph", where French hostage Herve Pierre Gourde lives in a flat.

NEW YORK - The taking of a French hostage in Algeria will not deter French participation in a US-led coalition of nations against Islamist State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, who have seized swaths of territory in Iraq and Syria, France's foreign minister said on Monday.

"We will do everything we can to liberate hostages," Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius told reporters. "But a terrorist group cannot change France's position."

A French national was kidnapped in eastern Algeria on Sunday, France's foreign ministry said, and his kidnappers issued a video threatening to kill him if Paris did not halt its intervention in Iraq in support of a US bombing campaign against ISIS militants.

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