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Yann Bourdon returns to Paris after going missing in Egypt

A French backpacker who had gone missing in Egypt a year in the past has safely returned residence to Paris, a lawyer representing his household mentioned on Tuesday.

It’s not clear what occurred over the previous year to Yann Bourdon, whose household had speculated that he may need been detained by Egyptian safety providers. The graduate scholar on the Sorbonne, who vanished whereas on a year-long backpacking journey, declined to talk about his disappearance with the media and to share particulars of his return to France.

Sarah Sakouti, a authorized counsel for the Geneva-based Committee for Justice that had pressed the Egyptian and French authorities to examine the 27-year-old’s disappearance, mentioned Bourdon flew from Cairo to Paris on Aug. 10.

A day earlier than, Bourdon had phoned his sister in Paris from the French Consulate in Cairo, Sakouti advised The Associated Press. The identical day, Egyptian state safety providers had introduced they might facilitate Bourdon’s return to Paris.

Before that, his household and pals had final heard from Bourdon in August 2021.

After months of silence and stonewalling from Egyptian authorities, Bourdon’s determined household determined to go public, and used Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi’s official go to to Paris on July 22 to press for an investigation.

They stood on a Paris sidewalk and raised placards asking, “Where is Yann Bourdon, President Sissi?” earlier than a motorcade drove previous carrying el-Sissi to a meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron.

International rights teams have in current years documented a rising variety of pressured disappearances by Egyptian authorities. Egypt’s 2011 in style rebellion towards Hosni Mubarak, the previous longtime president, grew out of calls for for an finish to police brutality and extrajudicial practices.

The family of a Yann Bourdon who went missing in Egypt have used a visit to Paris by the Egyptian president to press for an investigation into his disappearance.
The household of a Yann Bourdon who went missing in Egypt have used a go to to Paris by the Egyptian president to press for an investigation into his disappearance.
Wendy Bourdon, through AP
Family and friends of the student stood on a Paris sidewalk and raised placards asking, “Where is Yann Bourdon, President Sissi?”
Family and pals of the scholar stood on a Paris sidewalk and raised placards asking, “Where is Yann Bourdon, President Sissi?”
AP Photo/Thomas Padilla

Since el-Sissi ascended to energy in 2014, many of the freedoms gained after the 2011 rebellion have been revoked. The authorities has carried out a wide-reaching crackdown on dissent, jailing hundreds of individuals — lots of them with out a trial.

The overwhelming majority of these detained have been Egyptian residents.

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