France saddened by ‘appalling’
murder of Canadian hostage

April 27 2016 3:14 PM

Image from Jean-Marc Ayrault Facebook page
Image from French Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault’s Facebook page

France expressed its sympathy with the kin of a Canadian who was beheaded by the Abu Sayyaf in Sulu through a statement by its French Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault of the Foreign Affairs and International Development.

“We must remain resilient in the face of barbarity so that humanity may prevail,” Ayrault said.

He was referring to the execution of Canadian citizen John Ridsdel last April 25, after his family failed to pay the ransom demanded by the Abu Sayyaf Group (ASG).

Ridsdel was one of four people abducted by the Muslim extremist group last September.

“I was extremely saddened to learn of the appalling murder in the Philippines of Canadian citizen John Ridsdel, who had been held hostage by an armed Islamist group,” Ayrault said.

“I extend my heartfelt condolences to his family, the authorities and the Canadian people, on my own behalf and on behalf of France,” he added.

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