19 November 2012

Kenya: France Asks Kenya for Kidnap Details

France deputy ambassador has said the government must give a comprehensive and satisfactory report on the French woman kidnapped in Lamu to lift its travel advisory.

Stephanie Seydoux yesterday said despite the mutual relationship between the two governments, they have to assure its citizens on their safety.

Marie DeDieu, 66, was kidnapped by Somali pirates in October last year. She was staying with her Kenyan partner John Lepapa ole Mojio off Manda Island across the channel from Lamu.

DeDieu who had lived in Kenya since the 1990s died in Somalia after failing to get her medication. She had cancer and heart problems. This led to the French government among other European countries issuing a travel advisory to its citizens. Seydoux was speaking at the closing of the Lamu Cultural Festival.

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