Denis Allex
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French soldiers killed and hostage feared dead in Somalia

12 January 2013 Last updated at 22:28 GMT

France has stepped up security around public buildings and transport fearing retaliation by Islamist groups after French military operations in Mali and Somalia.

A pilot was killed as air strikes were launched on hundreds of Malian rebels.

In Somalia, a French hostage is believed to have been killed during a failed raid to free him by French special forces. Two soldiers also died.

Andrew Harding reports.