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French journalists head home after escape from Syria

French journalists head home after escape from Syria
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Two French journalists are homeward bound after being trapped in the besieged Syrian city of Homs.

Smuggled into Lebanon and given medical care, photographer William Daniels and freelance reporter Edith Bouvier later left on a plane for Paris.

Bouvier suffered a serious leg injury during government forces’ bombardment of Homs last month. French President Nicolas Sarkozy had already announced her escape from Syria once, only to discover the reports were false. This time there was no mistake.

“Having spoken to Edith Bouvier and knowing precisely where she is, I can confirm that it is official,” Sarkozy told reporters in Brussels, where he was attending a European summit. He added that she and Daniels were safe.

Video footage on the Internet appeared to show the burial of US journalist Marie Colvin and French photojournalist Remi Ochlik in Homs, where they were killed in shelling.

But Syrian authorities, whose assault has pushed rebels out of their positions in the city, say they have found the two reporters’ remains. These would be DNA tested, state media said, and handed over to foreign embassies in Damascus.