According to the French Foreign Ministry, a newly released audio tape of Osama Bin Laden making threats to France is real.
In the tape, Bin Laden warns France to remove their troops from Afghanistan and to not oppress Muslims in France.
Here is an excerpt from the tape:
"If you want to tyrannize and think that it is your right to ban the free women from wearing the burqa, isn't it our right to expel your occupying forces, your men from our lands by striking them by the neck?"
Here's what the Ministry had to say about the tape:
"This message only confirms the reality of the terrorist threat against which the French authorities have taken and continue to take appropriate measures."
More from the Ministry:
"French authorities are fully mobilized to secure the release of seven hostages kidnapped in Niger on September 16. These statements by Bin Laden will not affect our assessment of the situation of our hostages and obviously will, therefore, not erode our efforts to secure their release. France will continue to fight against terrorism alongside its partners."
According to CNN counterterror analyst Paul Cruickshank, the French are taking the video "very, very seriously."
Here are the exact demands from the tape:
"The only way to safeguard your nation and maintain your security is to lift all your injustice and its extensions off our people and most importantly to withdraw your forces from Bush's despicable war in Afghanistan."
France's terror alert level is currently on red, which is their second highest alert level.
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