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France Calls For Release Of Two Missing Journalists In Syria


French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech at the upper house of parliament in Tokyo on June 7.

French President Francois Hollande delivers a speech at the upper house of parliament in Tokyo on June 7.

French President Francois Hollande has urged the immediate release of two French journalists missing in Syria.

French radio station Europe 1 said one if its reporters and a photographer have been missing since June 6.

The two were reportedly headed for the northern Syrian city of Aleppo.

Hollande called for their release at a news conference during a visit to Tokyo.

It's not clear who might be holding them.

Hollande declined to provide further information on the journalists so as not to endanger their lives.

But Europe 1 named the pair as reporter Didier Francois and photographer Edouard Elias.

The media-rights group Reporters Without Borders says that since the start of the uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's regime in March 2011, at least 24 journalists, including several foreigners, have been killed in Syria.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters
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