French actress Juliette Binoche rallied for the release of an American reporter who is being held hostage in Iraq, by joining demonstrators in Paris, France, this week (begs06FEB06).

The CHOCOLAT star teamed up with dozens of angry protestors at the Place du Trocadero, which overlooks the Eiffel Tower, in a bid to aid JILL CARROLL's safe return.

The journalist was abducted on 7 January (05). Her kidnappers are calling for the release of all female Iraqi prison detainees.

Binoche, 41, says, "We're here to be with her, and to help her in a spiritual way.

"I think our presence here is a way to sustain the possibility of freedom."