Sophie Pétronin: Hopes rise for release of French hostage in Mali

She has appeared in two hostage videos and at one point her son went to a local mediator who said the kidnappers were ready to accept a ransom for her release. In a video in June 2018, she asked for help from President Emmanuel Macron and looked tired and gaunt. At the time of her abduction, she was suffering from cancer and malaria.