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His lawyer says he plans to visit the grave of his mother, who died while he was in prison.
Atangana, who went to Cameroon in 1994 to work on road construction projects, was arrested in 1997 and found guilty of embezzling public funds – accusations he has denied, blaming the judgement on political considerations.
He was sentenced to 15 years in prison and was due to get out in 2012 but new charges where brought against him and he was sentenced to 20 more years in October last year.
His imprisonment became a source of tension between France and Cameroon.
In May last year French president François Hollande condemned the length of the sentence
In November the UN High Comission for Human rights denounced the “inhuman” conditions of his detention.
Atangana was freed by decree from Cameroon’s President Paul Biya.