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Extract: French hostages' plea
The two hostages shown on al-Jazeera TV
Both journalists are experts on Iraq
In a video shown on Arabic TV station al-Jazeera, two French journalists held hostage in Iraq have urged their government to lift a ban on Muslim headscarves in schools to save their lives.

Georges Malbrunot

"I appeal to the French people and every French who values the meaning of life to go out to the streets in demonstrations demanding repealing the headscarf banning law, for our lives are in danger.

"We might die at any moment if this law is not repealed.

"I call on President Chirac to repeal it."

Christian Chesnot

"I call on President Chirac and the French government to show good faith toward the Arab and Islamic worlds by immediately repealing the law banning headscarves.

"I appeal to all French citizens to stage demonstrations against this law and to demand that it be repealed for it is an unjust and wrong law, and we might pay by our lives for not repealing it.

"It is a matter of time, and perhaps minutes and we might become among the dead."

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