Colombia's FARC rebels 'to release' French journalist Romeo Langlois

Colombia’s left-wing FARC rebels say they will soon release kidnapped France 24 television journalist Romeo Langlois to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), Agence France Presse reported.

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It is understood that the rebels told the ICRC directly of their intention to hand Langlois, 35, over to ICRC officials, Colombian senator and mediator Piedad Cordoba, and an envoy of Francois Hollande, the French President-elect.

ICRC chief in Colombia, Jordi Raich, said the organization was waiting to be told where they could pick up Langlois, who was kidnapped on April 28 while filming soldiers destroying cocaine laboratories in the country's south.

Raich, told French news agency AFP:

"We are pleased with the announcement of the release and we are ready to help organize the operation anywhere and as soon as possible," he added.

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Radio France Internationale, sister station to France 24, reported that Langlois had been described by FARC as a "prisoner of war", because he was wearing a military helmet and flak jacket when captured.