EL TIEMPO (Colombia)

FLORENCIA - UPDATE: The operation was carried out successfuly, with a smiling Roméo Langlois freed in the remote village of San Isidro. See the first video images of the released reporter:


Earlier in the day, reports circulated that operations were currently underway in Colombia to free Langlois, a French journalist who was taken hostage more than a month ago by FARC rebels, El Tiempo reports.

The humanitarian team handling the operation left at 5 a.m. from the city of Florencia in the southern department of Caquetá. María Cristina Rivera, spokesperson for the International Red Cross, said the team was traveling by land. Contrary to some press reports, they did not request a helicopter to assist in the effort.

The 35-year-old journalist was seized by FARC operatives on April 29 in Unión Peneya, also in Caquetá. Once handed over, Langlois was to be seen by a French doctor and quickly flown back to France.

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