French backpacker Yann Bourdon lacking in Egypt for a yr returns safely to Paris

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A French backpacker who had gone lacking in Egypt a yr in the past has safely returned house to Paris, a lawyer representing his household stated on Tuesday.

It’s not clear what occurred over the previous yr to Yann Bourdon, whose household had speculated that he might need been detained by Egyptian safety companies. The graduate pupil on the Sorbonne, who vanished whereas on a year-long backpacking journey, declined to debate 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 analyze the 27-year-old’s disappearance, stated 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 Related Press. The identical day, Egyptian state safety companies had introduced they’d facilitate Bourdon’s return to Paris.

Earlier than that, his household and mates 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, “The place is Yann Bourdon, President Sissi?” earlier than a motorcade drove previous carrying el-Sissi to a gathering with French President Emmanuel Macron.

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

The household of a Yann Bourdon who went lacking 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?”
Household and mates of the coed stood on a Paris sidewalk and raised placards asking, “The place is Yann Bourdon, President Sissi?”
AP Picture/Thomas Padilla

Since el-Sissi ascended to energy in 2014, a lot of the freedoms gained after the 2011 rebellion have been revoked.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

The overwhelming majority of these detained have been Egyptian residents.


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