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French Reporter Killed in Central African Republic, France Says

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May 14 (Bloomberg) -- French photojournalist Camille Lepage was killed while working in the Central African Republic, according to French President Francois Hollande’s office.

Lepage’s body was found by French forces patrolling in the Bouar region, the presidential office said in an e-mailed statement late yesterday. Hollande vowed to use “all necessary means” to find the “murderers,” and a French team was sent to the site immediately, according to the statement.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists called for an immediate investigation into Lepage's death.

Violence between Christian and Muslim communities in the Central African Republic has escalated since the overthrow of President Francois Bozize in March last year. French soldiers are part of an international peacekeeping force seeking to ease the conflict.

Two French journalists were killed in Mali in November last year after they were kidnapped by an armed group.

To contact the reporters on this story: Anne Swardson in Paris at aswardson@bloomberg.net; Andres R. Martinez in Accra at amartinez28@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Antony Sguazzin at asguazzin@bloomberg.net Ben Holland, Jim Silver