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Freed hostage Daniel Larribe arrives at the airport in Niamey

Freed hostage Daniel Larribe (L) arrives at the airport in Niamey October 30, 2013. Four Frenchmen, Pierre Legrand, Larribe, Thierry Dol and Marc Feret, held hostage in the Sahara desert by al Qaeda-linked gunmen for three years left Niger on a French government plane on Wednesday, with questions raised in France over whether a ransom had been paid. The men, kidnapped in 2010 while working for French nuclear group Areva and a subsidiary of construction group Vinci in northern Niger, were freed on Tuesday after secret talks. REUTERS/Djibo Tagaza (NIGER - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST CRIME LAW)

Freed French hostages arrive home after 3 years

Four Frenchmen held hostage by al-Qaida militants for three years in the African Sahel have landed in France.



President Francois Hollande and their families are waiting on the tarmac at the military airport outside Paris to greet the men in what is expected to be an emotional homecoming.



Images on French television showed the plane landing Wednesday morning. The men — Pierre Legrand, Thierry Dol, Marc Feret and Daniel Larribe - spent their first night of freedom in the Niger capital of Niamey. (AP)