French President Nicolas Sarkozy retracted a claim from earlier Tuesday that French journalist Edith Bouvier had been smuggled out of Homs, Syria, where she had been trapped. Earlier, Sarkozy confirmed that opposition forces had smuggled Bouvier, who was injured last week in the bombardment that killed American reporter Marie Colvin and French photojournalist Rémi Ochlik, to safety in Lebanon. British photographer Paul Conroy was in fact rescued, but communication about Bouvier has left French authorities confused and uncertain about her safety. Bouvier appeared in a video posted on YouTube on Feb. 23, saying she needed an emergency operation.
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