France deeply regrets Egypt’s expulsion of French journalist

Egypt/expulsion of a French journalist – Statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Development Spokesman

Paris, 25 May 2016

We have learned of the expulsion of Rémy Pigaglio, a correspondent for La Croix and RTL in Egypt, who had been detained at Cairo airport since 23 May.

France deeply regrets the Egyptian authorities’ decision. Throughout the world, it champions freedom of expression and freedom of the press. President Hollande reaffirmed this publicly during his state visit to Egypt on 17 and 18 April 2016.

Jean-Marc Ayrault, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Development, raised the situation of this journalist on 24 May with Sameh Shukry, his Egyptian counterpart. Our ambassador in Cairo and his staff were in contact with Rémy Pigaglio and his family. They have approached the Egyptian authorities at every level to ask them to reconsider their decision./.

Published on 27/05/2016

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