Injured French journalist Edith Bouvier arrived home on Friday on a stretcher, following a terrifying ordeal covering the Syrian uprising.
Bouvier and photographer William Daniels, who was not hurt, were met off the plane at a military base outside Paris by French President Nicolas Sarkozy.
They had flown in from Lebanon where they had been smuggled to from Syria.
Bouvier was whisked off to hospital to continue treatment for a shattered femur. She sustained the injury a week ago during a rocket attack by Syrian government forces on the Baba Amr district of Homs.
Daniels described to reporters how they coped during a few uncertain days:“Nine days of non-stop nightmare. With desperation setting every time there’s conflicting information and there was a lot of that everyday.”
Meanwhile the bodies of Sunday Times correspondent Marie Colvin and French photojournalist Remi Ochlik, which were buried by Syrian rebels after their deaths in the same offensive, have been passed to the Red Cross.