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Bodies of slain journalists Colvin and Olchik flown into Paris

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The bodies of American journalist Marie Colvin and French photographer Rémi Ochlik, killed in the Syrian city of Homs last week, were flown into Paris from Damascus Sunday.

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Relatives of Ochlik, who was 28, were there to meet his coffin as the regular Air France flight, via Amman, touched down at Paris’s Charles de Gaulle airport, an airport source said.

Colvin and Ochlik were killed in a rocket attack in the rebel Baba Amr neighbourhood on 22 February.

The bodies were formally identified in Damascus on Friday by French and Polish diplomats.

France's ambassador to Damascus Eric Chevallier confirmed that the bodies were placed on the Air France flight on Saturday.

The body of Colvin was expected to be flown on to the United States on Monday or Tuesday, according to a representative of her newspaper, Britain's The Sunday Times.

French journalist Edith Bouvier and British photographer Paul Conroy were wounded in the same attack and were flown into Paris on Friday evening.

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