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French businesswoman Jacqueline Veyrac freed after kidnapping in Nice

Published 26/10/2016

Jacqueline Veyrac is president of the board of the five-star Grand Hotel of Cannes on the French Riviera
Jacqueline Veyrac is president of the board of the five-star Grand Hotel of Cannes on the French Riviera

A 76-year-old businesswoman has been freed two days after she was kidnapped in the southern French city of Nice.

Jacqueline Veyrac, president of the board of the five-star Grand Hotel of Cannes on the French Riviera, was unharmed, according to Christian Estrosi, president of Nice's region.

Sophie Jonquet, a lawyer for Ms Veyrac's children, said she is "apparently in good health".

This is "a great relief" to the family, Ms Jonquet told BFM television.

French media reported Ms Veyrac had been forced out of her car near her home on Monday at around midday and bundled into another car by her attackers.

Reports say Ms Veyrac escaped an attempted kidnapping in 2013.

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