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Egypt/condemnation of the violence against journalists

Published on February 4, 2011
Statement by the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry Spokesman

Paris, February 3 , 2011

Yesterday and again this morning, unacceptable incidents, which Mme Alliot-Marie has just condemned in the strongest terms, jeopardized the safety of several French journalists, from “TF1”, “France 2”, “BFM”, “France 24” and “Le Monde”.

On the instructions of the Ministre d’Etat, our embassy immediately intervened in each of these situations to ensure the welfare and safety of these journalists and give some of them the medical attention they needed. I want to remind you that four French journalists were held against their will on Friday and released following the intervention of our embassy.

We urge the Egyptian authorities to put an end to these unacceptable activities and ensure the security and freedom of the press./.

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