Nicolas Sarkozy

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(The Guardian)  Michel Germaneau, an aid worker and 78-year-old retired engineer, has been confirmed dead by president Nicolas Sarkozy.  Mr. Germaneau was held hostage by al-Quaida’s in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM) in April.  Mr. Germaneau was building schools in Niger to aid the  nomadic Tuareg.  President Sarkozy said of Mr. Germaneau’s death, “I condemn this barbarous act, this odious act, which has just left an innocent victim.  Far from weakening our determination, his death must reinforce it.”