French President Emmanuel Macron in a phone call on Tuesday with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan expressed concern over French freelance reporter Loup Bureau, who was arrested on Aug. 1, in the southeastern Turkish province of Şırnak on charges of aiding and supporting a terrorist organization.
According to a statement from Élysée Palace, Macron told Erdogan he wanted “that our compatriot be able to return to France as soon as possible.”
The two leaders agreed to discuss the matter again next week.
Macron and Erdoğan also spoke about developments in Syria and the fight against terrorism.
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) on Aug. 3 called on the Turkish government to immediately release French freelance reporter Bureau.
Bureau was detained on July 26 near the Iraqi border while he was preparing a report on the Kurdish issue and what life is like for the local population. He was arrested on Aug. 1 for aiding and supporting the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) and taken to a prison in Şırnak province.
French photojournalist Mathias Depardon, who was detained on May 8 in Turkey, was deported to France after his release on June 24, following a face-to-face meeting and a telephone call between French President Macron and Turkish President Erdoğan.