Libya rebels free four Frenchmen held: French foreign minister

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Posted: May 21, 2011 10:03 AM

PARIS (Reuters) - Four French nationals detained by Libyan rebels in the city of Benghazi since May 11 have been set free, the French Foreign Affairs Ministry said on Saturday.

The four men, who were not identified, were brought to Egypt where they were met by French consular officials, the ministry said in a statement.

The four were part of a group of five French nationals stopped at a police checkpoint in Benghazi in the rebel-held east of Libya.

A fifth Frenchman, Pierre Marziali, was shot and wounded and later died in a Benghazi hospital. Marziali was the founder of SECOPEX consulting, a security firm, according to that company.

(Reporting by Alexandria Sage; Editing by Geert De Clercq)