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French PM defends questioning of reporters over weapons after outcry

France s prime minister on Thursday defended the interrogation by the secret service of three reporters who published details over French arms sales to the Gulf, after an outcry by press freedom activists. Two reporters from the investigative news site Disclose and one correspondent with Radio France were interrogated this week by the General Directorate for Internal Security (DGSI), France s domestic intelligence organisation. They had worked on a Disclose story based on a leaked military intelligence dossier, which showed how French tanks, artillery and ships sold to France s allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates were being used in the war in Yemen. Geoffrey Livolsi and Mathias Destal of Disclose were questioned on Tuesday and Radio France s Benoit Collombat on Wednesday. Livolsi and Destal subsequently denounced their questioning as an attempt at intimidation . But Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said while he respected the journalists right to report, there were also .

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