Journalist, Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff was in Ukraine to show the reality of the war. Aboard a humanitarian bus, alongside civilians forced to flee to escape Russian bombs, he was fatally shotFrench President Emmanuel Macron wrote on Twitter.
To those who carry out the difficult mission of informing in theaters of operations, I would like to reiterate France’s unconditional supporthe added.
This was the second mission to Ukraine for the videographer, who had worked for BFMTV for six years.
The head of French diplomacy, Catherine Colonna, claimed in a tweet that the 32-year-old reporter had been
killed by a Russian bombardment on a humanitarian operation while carrying out his duty to informcondemning a
double crime targeting a humanitarian convoy and a journalist.
The minister demanded
a transparent investigation as soon as possible to shed light on the circumstances of this tragedy.
Informing Shouldn’t Cost Any Livestweeted the Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne.
The continuous news channel BFMTV confirmed the death of its image reporter on its antenna. He was hit by a
shrapnel while following a humanitarian operationshe clarified.
Journalist Maxime Brandstaetter, who accompanied the image reporter on this report, was
slightly injuredthe channel said.
French justice opens an investigation
The French National Anti-Terrorist Prosecutor’s Office (Pnat) announced on Monday the opening of a war crimes investigation after the death of journalist Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff.
The investigation entrusted to the Central Office for the Fight against Crimes against Humanity, Genocide and War Crimes (OCLCH) also covers
the injuries suffered by his colleague Maxime Brandstaetterpresent with him during the report, specified the Pnat.
At least five other investigations for acts committed against French nationals in Ukraine have been opened by the Pnat since the start of the war.
Since the beginning of the invasion of Ukraine by Russia, at least eight journalists have died on the ground in the exercise of their profession, according to a count by the NGO Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
We strongly condemn this assassination. The list of Russian crimes against media professionals in Ukraine continues to growlamented Oleg Nikolenko, spokesperson for the Ukrainian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, on Twitter.
According to this official,
the Russian army shelled a vehicle which was to evacuate civilians from the war zone, near Sievierodonetsk.
” I condemn the murder of Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff and call for the opening of an investigation so that the perpetrators of this crime can be identified and brought to justice. »
The governor of the Luhansk region had warned in the afternoon on the Telegram network that the operation, which aimed to evacuate 10 people, had been canceled as a result.
The armored truck was not hit directly, but shrapnel passed through the armored windshield. A shrapnel hit Frederictold Patrick Sauce, great reporter at BFMTV.
Maxime was in the back, he was injured in the leg. Oksana Leuta, the Ukrainian fixer-translator, is doing welladded the journalist.
Frédéric was not a hothead. He weighed every minute of his missiondeclared visibly moved Marc-Olivier Fogiel, general manager of BFMTV, on the set of the chain.
Assess the risks
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The first reaction [de sa mère, au téléphone, NDLR] was to ask how Maxime and the fixer were doing. She knew what her son’s job was […] with a kind of pridehe concluded.
The Bordeaux Aquitaine Journalism Institute, located in southwestern France and from which Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff graduated in 2014, told AFP to keep
the memory of a student as endearing as passionate, rigorous and sensitive.