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France is said to pay ransom to free hostages

Ex-ambassador says $17m given

PARIS — A former US ambassador to Mali has alleged that France paid a $17 million ransom to free hostages seized from a French mining site — cash she said ultimately funded the Al Qaeda-linked Islamist militants its troops are now fighting.

French officials, whose soldiers are pushing north into the territory where the missing captives are believed to be held, denied paying any ransoms.

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