French journalist deported from Turkey

French journalist deported from Turkey

French journalist Olivier Bertrand has been released, his employer said on Sunday, following his arrest in Turkey which had drawn condemnation from the French government.

"Our journalist Olivier Bertrand is free, he is in a plane en route for Paris," lesjours said on its official Twitter page.

Bertrand, who works for French news website lesjours.fr, was detained on Friday while reporting in the town of Gaziantep, just north of Turkey's border with Syria, Reuters reports.

Earlier on Sunday, French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault had demanded that Bertrand be set free. The Turkish government has been cracking down on the media following a failed coup earlier this year.

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