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French TV crew assaulted by armed gang members

Berlin, June 16, 2020–French authorities must immediately and thoroughly investigate the assault of three journalists by members of an armed gang and bring those responsible for the attack to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. On June 15, a group of armed men assaulted three members of a news team working for public…

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Police are seen in Paris, France, on April 20, 2019. Police in a Paris suburb recently arrested and allegedly assaulted journalist Taha Bouhafs. (AP/Michel Euler)

French police detain, assault reporter Taha Bouhafs during protest

On June 11, 2019, police officers arrested Taha Bouhafs, a reporter at French news website Là-bas Si J’y Suis, allegedly assaulted him during the arrest, confiscated his mobile phone, and detained him for 24 hours, according to reports by his employer and local news outlets.

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Le Monde's offices are seen in Paris, France, on July 14, 2013. The paper's publisher and one of its reporters, as well as a reporter at news website Disclose, were recently summoned for questioning by French domestic intelligence authorities. (Reuters/Charles Platiau)

French journalists, Le Monde publisher called for questioning by intelligence agency

Berlin, May 23, 2019 — The General Directorate for Internal Security, France’s domestic intelligence agency, should immediately withdraw summons for questioning issued to journalists Ariane Chemin and Michel Despratx, and Le Monde publisher Louis Dreyfus, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. The directorate has summoned at least four other journalists in recent months, according…

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The logo of the General Directorate for Internal Security, France's domestic intelligence agency, is seen at its headquarters in Levallois-Perret on July 13, 2018. The agency has recently summoned reporters for questioning in a leak investigation. (AFP/Gerard Julien)

French reporters questioned by intelligence service in leak investigation

Berlin, May 14, 2019 — The General Directorate for Internal Security, France’s domestic intelligence agency, should stop pursuing investigative journalists Geoffrey Livolsi, Mathias Destal, and Benoît Collombat in a leak investigation, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Police scuffle with protesters during a yellow vest demonstration in Paris on April 20, 2019. Two journalists were arrested during the protests. (AP/Francisco Seco)

Two journalists arrested covering yellow vest protests in France

On April 20, 2019, video journalists Gaspard Glanz and Alexis Kraland were arrested while covering “yellow vest” anti-government protests in Paris, according to media reports.

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Police patrol in Paris, France, on April 21, 2017. Police recently responded to disruptions and a power outage at an event in Paris on press freedom in Morocco. (Charles Platiau/Reuters)

Moroccan press freedom conference in Paris shut down after disruptions, power cut

A conference on press freedom in Morocco held in Paris, France, was shut down on February 15, 2019, when the power was cut to the event after hecklers yelled at speakers and threw stink bombs, according to news reports, videos posted to social media, and witnesses who spoke with CPJ.

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The Paris office of Mediapart, pictured on February 4. The news website is refusing to allow police to search its office in connection to Mediapart's reporting on former presidential security officer Alexandre Benalla. (AFP/Philippe Lopez)

French police attempt to search Mediapart offices over Benalla report

Berlin, February 4, 2019–The Paris prosecutor’s office should cease its attempts to search the offices of investigative news outlet Mediapart, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. Mediapart reported that police and prosecutors attempted to search its office today as part of an investigation into the outlet’s reporting on the French president’s former top security officer…

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Police officers seen in Grenoble, southwestern France, on January 24, 2017. In late January 2019, an anarchist group attacked regional French public radio station France Bleu Isère and a transmitter for the broadcast company TDF. (Jean-Pierre Clatot/AFP)

French radio station burned in arson attack, anarchist group claims responsibility

The Grenoble office of regional French public radio station France Bleu Isère was partially destroyed in an arson attack on January 28, 2019, according to the broadcaster. On January 30, a local anti-capitalist anarchist group claimed responsibility for the attack, the station reported.

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A protester raises his fist in front of security forces during a demonstration in Paris on December 15, 2018, to protest rising costs of living and high taxes. Dozens of journalists have been attacked and some injured by both protesters and police. (Zakaria Abdelkafi/AFP)

Police, ‘yellow vest’ protesters both target journalists in France, Belgium

Dozens of journalists covering anti-government protests in France and Belgium in November and December of 2018 suffered attacks by the demonstrators and the police, according to press and social media reports.

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A protester waves the French flag during a rally in Paris on December 1 against a proposed fuel tax hike. Journalists covering the unrest across France and Belgium are at risk of being attacked and injured. (AFP/Alain Jocard)

CPJ Safety Advisory: Covering protests in France and Belgium

Despite the French government announcing it will drop a proposed fuel tax rise, the gilets jaunes (yellow jackets) group, truckers, and farming groups have called for more protests, according to The Guardian. Mass demonstrations have taken place across France and Belgium as initial protests over the proposed increase in fuel duty on diesel spread to…

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