Bin Laden: France to Pay 'High Price' for Afghan Policy
By Lauren Frayer Contributor
A voice purported to be that of Osama bin Laden says al-Qaida will kill two French journalists kidnapped in Afghanistan unless France withdraws its troops from that country.
In an audiotape broadcast today on Al-Jazeera, the militant chief says the French government and President Nicolas Sarkozy would pay a "high price on different fronts, inside and outside" France.
"The release of your prisoners in the hands of our brothers is linked to the withdrawal of your soldiers from our country," bin Laden said. "The refusal of your president to withdraw from Afghanistan is the result of his obedience to America, and this refusal is a green light to kill your prisoners."