Help us find him: wife of French cameraman to UK

16th December 2005, Comments 0 comments

BRUSSELS, Dec 15 (AFP) - The wife of a French television cameraman, believed to have been killed in Iraq, called on Britain Thursday to show more "transparency" over his death to help find his body.

BRUSSELS, Dec 15 (AFP) - The wife of a French television cameraman, believed to have been killed in Iraq, called on Britain Thursday to show more "transparency" over his death to help find his body.

Fred Nérac, 43, disappeared in March 2003 while working in Iraq for Britain's Independent Television News. The French government said in October it believed he was killed in a firefight between Iraqis and US troops.

A French foreign ministry statement said Nérac was in an Iraqi vehicle that was caught up in exchanges of fire between Iraqis and US forces. British reporter Terry Lloyd, 50, died in the incident, attributed to US "friendly fire".

Nérac's wife Fabienne Thursday called on British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw to be more open to aid the search for her husband's body.

"I had a brief interview with Jack Straw on the sidelines of the (European Union) summit," she said in Brussels, where leaders of the 25 members of the union are gathering.

"I gave him a petition, signed by 3,500 people, which will also be given to the French and Belgian governments," she said. "The aim is to strengthen the family's request that the search for my husband goes on."

"I thanked him for the help of the English authorities but I said I hoped for a bit more openness.

"What I want is for the French to continue to look for my husband's body but for that they need all the information available to the British authorities," she said.

"Jack Straw told me how would do everything possible, that he was fully aware of the problem of the disappearance. It was very brief, but I think we were listened to."

Fred Nérac was a French citizen but with his wife and two children had lived in Belgium for more than 15 years and was a regular attendee at European summits. A giant portrait of him was posted Thursday on the building facing the venue of the summit.

Copyright AFP

Subject: French news

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