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Execution of American Journalist James Foley

Execution of American Journalist James Foley

Published on August 20, 2014
Statement by the Presidency and the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development

- Communiqué by the Presidency of the Republic
Paris, August 20, 2014

President Hollande utterly condemns the barbaric execution of journalist James Foley, kidnapped in Syria at the end of 2012 by Islamic State jihadists.

This terrorist organization is a threat to all freedoms including the freedom of the press. It only serves to promote horror and fanaticism.
 
President Hollande expresses his wholehearted solidarity with the family and friends of this distinguished reporter, who carried out his work to provide information with courage, at the risk of his own life.

- Statement by M. Laurent Fabius, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development
Paris, August 20, 2014

I was outraged to learn of the execution of American journalist James Foley, kidnapped in Syria by the “Islamic State.”

If confirmed, this despicable murder would show the true face of this “caliphate of barbarism.” It deserves the strongest possible condemnation on the part of the international community and strengthens our determination to fight against the “Islamic State” in accordance with UNSCR 2170.

At such a painful time, our thoughts go out to the family of this journalist, a true professional who was universally respected in France, and especially to his mother, Diane Foley, who we received at the Quai d’Orsay in April.

France is more committed than ever to promoting the right of journalists to carry out their work under safe conditions. There should be no form of impunity for the perpetrators of these barbaric acts.

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