Abducted French engineer Francis Collomp returns home

Former French hostage Francis Collomp arrives at Villacoublay military airport

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A French engineer abducted by Islamist militants in Nigeria and held for 11 months arrived back in France on Monday after managing to escape his kidnappers.

A plane carrying the "weakened" 63-year-old Francis Collomp, accompanied by France's Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, landed early Monday at a military airport outside Paris.

He emerged from the plane looking extremely tired, his face drawn, and was met by relatives and the French prime minister. (AFP)

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