A French journalist has been murdered in Central African Republic, President Francois Hollande’s office said in a statement Tuesday, the first Western reporter to be killed in the country since France sent troops there in December.
Camille Lepage, 26, a freelance photojournalist, had been based in South Sudan since July 2012. French troops found her body in a car they had stopped, the presidency said in a statement.
The car was being driven by members of the mainly Christian “anti-balaka” militia in the western Bouar region.
The former French colony descended into chaos after the mostly Muslim Seleka rebels seized power in March last year. Their abuses against the majority Christian population set off a wave of revenge attacks, killing thousands.
Lepage said on social media on May 6 that she was traveling with anti-balaka fighters to Amada Gaza in western Central African Republic near the border with Cameroon.