Four French Hostages in Niger Released

Four French hostages kidnapped in Niger by al-Qaida-linked militants have been released after more than three years in captivity.

French President Francois Hollande announced the hostages’ release Tuesday while on a visit to Slovakia. He credited Niger’s President Mahamadou Issoufou for the release.

French Defense Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said, “An initiative taken by the network of the Niger president” allowed the liberation without a clash or France paying a …