Paris Demands Release of French Reporter Detained in Turkey

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France calls on Turkish authorities to release Olivier Bertrand, who is journalist of the Paris-based Les Jours news portal, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault said Sunday.

Participants hold placards reading 'Free press can't be silenced' (C) and 'Do not touch Cumhuriyet' (R) outside the headquarters of Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet in Ankara on October 31, 2016, during a protest against the detention of the newspaper's editor-in-chief and a dozen journalists and executives - Sputnik International
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — On Friday, Turkish authorities reportedly detained Bertrand, who worked in the Turkish southern city of Gaziantep near the Turkish-Syrian border.

"We are in constant contact with him [Bertrand] via our embassy [in Turkey]. We do our best to release him. The current developments are shocking and unacceptable. France demands release of the journalist," Ayrault told Europe 1 broadcaster.

According to Ayrault France should not end its dialogue with Turkey on the issue, because it would be a "serious mistake."

The minister also condemned the situation with press freedom in Turkey.

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