On December 31, 1975 two young Frenchmen, Pierre Seguro and Jean-Paul Dief were captured by Polisario guerrillas in Western Sahara between El Hagounia and El Ayoun.
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Background: On December 31, 1975 two young Frenchmen, Pierre Seguro and Jean-Paul Dief were captured by Polisario guerrillas in Western Sahara between El Hagounia and El Ayoun. The two men were dong heir military service as cooperants in Morocco and had been spending their end of year vacation hunting in Southern Morocco and Western Sahara. They joined a Moroccan military column on its way to El Aioun and were ambushed by Polisario guerrillas. Despite representation from French authorities that the presence of the two Frenchmen with Moroccan invasion units had not military significance but had been taken as a practical travel measure, Polisario said the presence of these two soldiers was "concrete proof" that France is involved in the conflict and that france supports Moroccan annexation of the area. After representations from numerous French organisations, Polisario decided to free the two men and they were handed over at a refugee camp on the border to Mr. Guy Chayet Directory des Conventions Administratifs at the Quai d'Orsay in Paris after ten months in Polisario detention.