President François Hollande has called for the immediate release of a French woman who was kidnapped in Yemen on Tuesday.
Earlier statement from the foreign ministry read: “Unfortunately we can confirm the kidnapping this morning of a French national in Sanaa, who was working for an international organisation.
“The crisis center at the Foreign Ministry is in contact with her family. All our services are mobilized to locate and secure the release of our compatriot.”
“This embassy will close, temporarily and until further notice, from February 13, 2015,” added the mission on its website.
France’s move follows similar action by Britain and the United States, which have pulled out their ambassadors as a security crisis grips the country.
Yemen has failed to achieve stability since long-time president Ali Abdullah Saleh stepped down in early 2012 after a bloody year-long popular uprising.
It is battling an Al-Qaeda insurgency and facing a separatist movement in the formerly independent south.