June 7 - French President Francois Hollande calls for the immediate release of two French journalists missing in Syria. Rough cut (no reporter narration).
French President Francois Hollande on Friday demanded the immediate release of two French journalists missing in Syria at a news conference after a meeting with Japanese Prime minister Shinzo Abe. Hollande and Abe met in Tokyo at the prime minister's office during Hollande's three day state visit to Japan. Speaking at a news conference after the meeting, Hollande said contact with the two journalists had been lost. (SOUNDBITE) (French) FRENCH PRESIDENT FRANCOIS HOLLANDE SAYING: "We have indeed lost contact with these two journalists, but we do not yet know the exact circumstances. I will not give any information out that may endanger their lives but I demand the immediate release of these journalists because they do not represent any state. These are men who have worked so the world can get information." Radio station Europe 1 said its reporter, Didier Francois, and photographer Edouard Elias had gone missing as they were headed for the northern Syrian city of Aleppo. Hollande will address the Japanese parliament later on Friday before leaving Japan on Saturday.