A French journalist has been killed in the Central African Republic, a statement from the French President Francois Hollande said on Tuesday.
The body of 26-year-old Camille Lepage was found by French soldiers during a vehicle check in western CAR.
Camille Lepage, a freelance photographer whose work was published in major French and American newspapers, died in a village near the town of Bouar.
"All means necessary will be used to shed light on to the circumstances of this murder and to find her killers," the statement said.
Lepage\’s body was found by French peacekeepers inside a vehicle that had been driven by Christian militia fighters, the statement said. In her last tweet about a week ago, Lepage said she was embedding with the fighters known as the anti-Balaka who were battling the remnants of a Muslim rebellion known as the Seleka.
Lepage had recently travelled to New York for a prestigious portfolio review and workshop at the New York Times. Her work had appeared in the newspaper, as well as on Al Jazeera, in the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times. She also had sold images to French newspapers including Le Monde and Liberation.