Wounded French reporter Edith Bouvier has arrived in Lebanon from the besieged Syrian city of Homs, her family told FRANCE 24 Thursday. She was accompanied by French photographer William Daniels, who was also trapped in Homs for over a week.
Speaking to FRANCE 24, a Bouvier family member said he had been contacted by French officials Thursday night to confirm that the 31-year-old journalist had arrived in Lebanon and was on her way to a Beirut hospital.
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The family member, who did not want his name disclosed, said Bouvier was “fine” and that the family was “happy and relieved”.
Shortly after the Bouvier family’s confirmation, French President Nicolas Sarkozy said he had spoken on the phone to Bouvier and that she would be repatriated home on a French government plane. Speaking to reporters in Brussels, where he was attending a European summit, Sarkozy said the flight could happen as soon as Thursday night if doctors agreed.
Bouvier’s journey to Lebanon capped an anxious eight days of intense negotiations and at least one failed attempt to get the injured journalist out of Homs.
French journalists Édith Bouvier and William Daniels, following their Homs evacuation. (Photo credit: FRANCE 24)
(Photo credit: FRANCE 24)
Bouvier's femur was shattered during heavy shelling in Baba Amro and she was unable to escape the besieged district with Conroy earlier this week
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Date created : 2012-03-01