14 May 2014

Central African Republic: French Photojournalist's Body Headed for Paris, Inquiry Into Car Killing Opened

French MPs on Wednesday observed a minute of silence for French photojournalist Camille Lepage, who was killed in the Central African Republic (CAR) this week. Paris has opened into an inquiry into her death and militamen who were with her body.

"The tragedy again shows how dangerous the journalist's job is, they often put their life in danger so as to keep us informed," said National Assembly speaker as the day's parliamentary session opened.

Lepage's body arrived in the CAR capital Bangui on Wednesday on its way to Paris where an autopsy is expected to be carried out.

French and African troops were interrogating the anti-balaka militiamen who were in the vehicle carrying her body.

Sources say she was killed in an ambush by Séléka militiamen and Peul tribesmen in the western Bouar region near the Cameroon and Chadian borders.

Four anti-balaka fighters and six Séléka and Peul are reported to have died in the fighting that ensued.

Central African Republic

UN Security Council Extends Peacekeeping Force Mandate

The United Nations Security Council on Tuesday extended until July 31 the mandate of the UN Multidimensional Integrated… Read more »

Copyright © 2014 Radio France Internationale. All rights reserved. Distributed by AllAfrica Global Media (allAfrica.com). To contact the copyright holder directly for corrections — or for permission to republish or make other authorized use of this material, click here.

AllAfrica publishes around 1,200 reports a day from more than 140 news organizations and over 500 other institutions and individuals, representing a diversity of positions on every topic. We publish news and views ranging from vigorous opponents of governments to government publications and spokespersons. Publishers named above each report are responsible for their own content, which AllAfrica does not have the legal right to edit or correct.

Articles and commentaries that identify allAfrica.com as the publisher are produced or commissioned by AllAfrica. To address comments or complaints, please Contact us.