|Freed journalist Langois arrives in Paris|
|Saturday, 02 June 2012 17:51|
Langlois, a FRANCE 24 correspondent, returned to Paris on an Air France flight and was greeted at Charles de Gaulle Airport by his parents and two French ministers.
Minister of Culture Aurélie Filippetti and Development Minister Pascal Canfin, who is in charge of international co-operation, welcomed Langlois home.
“I had to be captured to realise that there are many people who love me. All these people suffered more than I did,” he said ironically in a speech punctuated with humour.
Langlois was captured on April 28 by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) in the southern Caqueta region while reporting on anti-drug operations alongside the Colombian army.
Questioned by reporters, Langlois confirmed that he had a letter by the FARC rebels addressed to French President François Hollande. “I have read the letter, because part of it concerns me directly,” he said. “But I am not going to go into details. In general, FARC are asking France to continue to be a friend to Colombia in order to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.”
Founded in 1964, FARC is Latin America's largest and oldest guerilla movement. The Marxist-inspired group, which is largely funded by drugs, has waged war against the Colombian government for nearly 50 years.
Langlois also said he had no doubts that he would continue to work as a journalist in Colombia, a country he has lived and worked in for the past 10 years.