French reporters in Egypt blindfolded, questioned 15 hours

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Three French reporters detained during anti-regime protests in Egypt were blindfolded and interrogated for 15 hours before being released in the middle of the night, their employer said Friday.

The journalists from TF1, France's biggest private TV broadcaster, were detained in Cairo on Thursday morning by armed men in civilian clothes and taken to an unknown destination, the channel said.

"They were not roughed up, but they went through 15 hours of interrogations, blindfolded for most of the time," TF1 news editor Catherine Nayl said.

Three other journalists from French international news channel France 24, detained Wednesday while covering the protests, were freed a day later.

The French newspaper Le Figaro said that one of its correspondents in Cairo was freed Friday after being detained the day before.

The United States is leading a chorus of world outrage as a growing number of international journalists were beaten or detained in a "systematic" attack by Egyptian regime loyalists.

© 2011 AFP

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