Foreign ministry says French national kidnapped in Chad

A French citizen employed by a private company was kidnapped in Chad on Thursday by unidentified abductors, Chad's government and the French foreign ministry said.

The French national was taken Thursday morning in the Sila region, about 50 kilometers (31 miles) from the city of Goz-Beida in the village of Ndoroti, Chad's minister of communications Madeleine Alingue said.

"The government of the Republic of Chad strongly condemns this odious act and informs the public that search operations have been initiated throughout the region to find the victim and his captors," the statement said, reassuring residents, both local and foreign, of their security in the Central...