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French Jean-Pierre Verdon , French hostage Philippe Verdon's father,... News Photo2012-2013 Northern Mali Conflict,Anniversary,Business,Businessman,Crisis,Engineer,Father,France,French Culture,Hostage,Kidnapping,Law,Mali,Paris - France,Protest,Talking,Town Hall,VerticalPhotographer Collection: AFP 2012 AFPFrench Jean-Pierre Verdon (3rdL), French hostage Philippe Verdon's father, speaks during a demonstration in support to businessman Philippe Verdon and engineer Lazarevic, two French hostages in Mali (poster at right), on November 24, 2012 in front of Paris' city hall, to mark the first anniversary of their abduction. Thirteen hostages are held by hardline Islamists in the region which has suffered a devastating collapse since a coup in Bamako in March. Seven of these are French. AFP PHOTO KENZO TRIBOUILLARD (Photo credit should read KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP/Getty Images)