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A closeup taken on January 17 2013 in Nimes southern France shows the... News Photo 1596122422012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Africa,Banner,Built Structure,Captured,Ceremony,Close-up,Conflict,Crisis,Detainee,Effigy,Facade,France,French Culture,Gard,Hanging,Horizontal,Hostage,Kidnapping,Mali,Niger,Nimes,Poster,Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur,Showing,Support,TerrorismPhotographer PASCAL GUYOTCollection: AFP 2013 AFPA close-up taken on January 17, 2013 in Nimes, southern France, shows the poster hung during a ceremony, on the facade of the General Council building in support to the four French hostages (LtoR, top to bottom: Thierry Dol, Marc Feret, Pierre Legrand and Daniel Larribe) captured in Niger and detained since 28 months in Mali by AQIM. The hostages were in a group of seven captured in Niger's uranium-mining town of Arlit. The 'Serval' French military operation backing Mali's army in battling Islamist insurgents currently has some 1,400 soldiers deployed, some of whom are engaged in ground operations. AFP PHOTO / PASCAL GUYOT (Photo credit should read PASCAL GUYOT/AFP/Getty Images)