The remains of the BFM TV journalist, killed in Ukraine, repatriated on Wednesday

France will be able in a few days to pay tribute to Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff. The remains of the journalist, killed on Monday in eastern Ukraine by shrapnel during a bombardment, will be repatriated to France on Wednesday, BFM TV announced on Sunday evening.

“Frédéric returns on Wednesday. A tribute will be paid to him on Friday, it will be Place de la République at 6:30 p.m. “in Paris, announced the channel during the program receiving his colleagues from the mission in Ukraine, journalist Maxime Brandstaetter and Ukrainian fixer Oksana Leuta. Both arrived in France on Friday evening and were with Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff when he was killed.

“It’s our job to go there”

During this special program, they returned, with emotion, to the circumstances in which the journalist died, following a humanitarian mission. “As usual, the authorities had warned us (that the road) was dangerous and that they could not ensure our safety there, but if you want, it’s the same everywhere in the Donbass. With Frédéric, we were used to constantly consulting each other, to discussing everything. So yes, that day, we hesitate, but we say to ourselves that it is there that it is happening, and that it is our job to go there, ”said Maxime Brandstaetter.

Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff had been trained in journalism at the Bordeaux Aquitaine Journalism Institute (Ijba), from which he graduated in 2014 after studying philosophy in Paris. In a tribute posted on its site, the Ijba underlines “his kindness, his benevolence, his humility, his sense of listening, his gentleness, his open-mindedness”. Even if he was “discreet” by nature, he “defended with fervor, and a lot of humor”, his “commitments as a man and as a citizen”.

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A tribute will therefore be paid to him on Friday in Paris, at the call of Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in particular. His family, friends and colleagues will be present. Aged 32, Frédéric Leclerc-Imhoff had worked for BFM TV for 6 years and was carrying out his second mission there in Ukraine, as an image reporter (JRI).

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