Video showing French hostage in Algeria authentic: Paris

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Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli, alternatively known as Abu Ala al-Afri, was a senior Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) official who reintegrated himself into ISIL following his release from prison in early 2012 and traveled to Syria to work in a Syria-based ISIL network. Al-Qaduli joined al-Qaida in 2004 under the command of now deceased al-Qaida in Iraq (AQI) leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and served as al-Zarqawiâs deputy and the AQI amir (leader) of Mosul, Ninawa Province, Iraq. (Rewards for Justice/US State Department)

Abd al-Rahman Mustafa al-Qaduli

New York (AFP) - A video showing a Frenchman kidnapped in Algeria by a group linked to Islamic State jihadists is authentic, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said Monday.

"The foreign affairs ministry confirmed, unfortunately, the authenticity of the video which carries the images of Herve Gourdel," Fabius told a New York press conference, calling it an "extremely critical" situation.