A French journalist held prisoner by Isis has described how the ideology his captors spoke of had little to do with religion, saying they “didn’t even have the Koran.”

Didier François was held prisoner for more than 10 months by the militant group before he was released in April last year.

In an interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour, Mr François has described how his captors would speak to prisoners of their beliefs, but said the discussion was based on politics, rather than religion.

He said: “It was more hammering what they were believing than teaching us about the Koran. Because it has nothing to do with the Koran.

“They didn’t even have the Koran; they didn’t want even to give us a Koran.”

The comments come as Isis on Wednesday released video footage revealing the murder by burning to death of a Jordanian pilot held by the group since the end of December.

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