A French journalist who worked for the BFMTV channel and accompanied civilians on board a humanitarian bus was killed in Ukraine, President Emmanuel Macron announced on Twitter on Monday.
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“Journalist, Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff was in Ukraine to show the reality of the war. On board a humanitarian bus, alongside civilians forced to flee to escape Russian bombs, he was fatally shot,” wrote the head of state.
The head of French diplomacy Catherine Colonna "demanded" Monday a "transparent investigation as soon as possible to shed light on the circumstances of this tragedy".
"BFMTV has the immense pain of announcing the disappearance of Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff", a 32-year-old image reporter, confirmed the channel on its antenna.
The latter was injured by "shrapnel while he was following a humanitarian operation", she said.
This was the second mission to Ukraine for the videographer who had worked for BFMTV for 6 years.
Journalist Maxime Brandstaetter, who accompanied the JRI on this report, was "slightly injured," the channel said.
Since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, at least eight journalists have died in the field in the exercise of their profession, according to a count by RSF.