Vandenbeusch arrived at an air base in Paris on New Year's Day, where he was greeted by the French president and commended for his bravery.
The priest was working in Cameroon near the border of Nigeria when he was abducted in mid-November by ten assailants. In response to Vandenbeusch's release, the French president issued a statement thanking officials in Cameroon and Nigeria "who worked to resolve this issue."
Kidnappings by Boko Haram occur frequently. French citizens have also been the victims of abduction by al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb.