Paris requires investigation into French journalist killed in Ukraine

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France is looking for an investigation into the dying of a French journalist who was killed whereas reporting in war-torn Ukraine. 

“France demands that a probe be carried out as soon as possible and in transparency on the circumstances of this drama,” Overseas Minister Catherine Colonna mentioned in an announcement.

French news broadcaster BFM TV said the 32-year-old French journalist, Frederic Leclerc-Imhoff, was killed Monday, May 30, 2022, in Ukraine, fatally hit by a shell shrapnel while covering a Ukrainian evacuation operation. 

French information broadcaster BFM TV mentioned the 32-year-old French journalist, Frederic Leclerc-Imhoff, was killed Monday, Might 30, 2022, in Ukraine, fatally hit by a shell shrapnel whereas masking a Ukrainian evacuation operation. 
(BFM TV through AP)

Colonna, who was in Ukraine Monday, mentioned she had spoken with the Governor of Luhansky and requested Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy for an investigation. 

BFM TV reporter Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff, 32, was fatally hit by shell shrapnel whereas masking a Ukrainian evacuation operation, in keeping with the French information broadcaster he labored for.

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BFM TV mentioned Leclerc-Imhoff was killed as he was “covering a humanitarian operation in an armored vehicle” close to Sievierodonetsk, a key metropolis within the Donbas area that’s being hotly contested by Russian and Ukrainian forces. He had labored for six years for the French tv channel.

The governor of Ukraine’s Luhansk area, Serhiy Haidai, mentioned the evacuation effort was suspended after the strike. 

In accordance Zelenskyy, Leclerc-Imhoff was the thirty second media particular person killed for the reason that begin of Russia’s invasion on February 24. 

In his nightly video deal with, Zelenskyy supplied his “sincere apologies to Frédéric’s colleagues and family.” 

French President Emmanuel Macron tweeted that Leclerc-Imhoff was in Ukraine to “show the reality of war.” 

“I share the pain of the family, relatives and colleagues of Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff, to whom I send my condolences,” Macron mentioned. “To those who carry out this difficult mission of informing in theaters of operations, I would like to reiterate France’s unconditional support.” 

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The Related Press contributed to this report

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