Macron confirms death of French journalist in Ukraine


PARIS — French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed on Monday the death of a French journalist who was covering the war in the Ukraine.

Macron said in a tweet that Frederic Leclerc-Imhoff was killed near the city Severodonetsk, Ukraine, while attending to his journalistic duty.

On its part, the French Foreign Ministry called for a transparent investigation into the incident, which resulted in the death of Leclerc-Imhoff.

France stressed the importance of protecting journalists and the press, the ministry affirmed.

News channel BFMTV said in a statement it was “immensely saddened” to announce the death of Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff, 32, who had worked for it for six years and was on his second tour of the conflict, adding that the journalist and cameraman was killed on the road to Lysychansk.

“Our reporter was covering the ongoing war. He was the victim of shrapnel while following a humanitarian operation in an armoured vehicle on Monday,” the 24-hour news station said.

BFMTV said the tragedy “reminds us of the dangers faced by all journalists who have been reporting this conflict at the risk of their lives for more than three months now”. — Agencies

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