clergy members were kidnapped in the commune of
Croix-des-Bouquets, northeast of the capital Port-au-Prince,
said Father Gilbert Peltrop, secretary general of the Haitian
Conference of the Religious (CHR) association.
"The nation must stand up to fight these thugs," Peltrop told
The French citizens included one priest and a nun, he said.
France's Foreign Ministry confirmed that two French citizens had
been kidnapped in Haiti but did not provide further details,
citing security reasons.
"The crisis and support centre of the ministry of Europe and
foreign affairs is fully mobilised as well as our embassy in
Haiti, in close contact with local authorities," the statement
The kidnappings come less than two weeks after gunmen kidnapped
a Haitian pastor and three others during a ceremony that was
streamed live on Facebook.
The kidnapping of the seven clergy was carried out by the
notorious "400 Mawozo" gang, Haitian news agency Juno7 said.
"The kidnappers demanded a ransom of $1 million dollars," Juno7
Haiti has been rocked by rising violence in recent years,
especially by a spate of kidnappings for ransoms which have
paralysed the economy and Haitian society.
(Reporting by Andre Paultre; additional reporting by Jogn Irish
and Dominique Vidalon in Paris; Writing by Drazen Jorgic;
Editing by Michael Perry and Raissa Kasolowsky)
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