This file photo taken on August 17, 2017 shows Loic Bureau, father of French journalist Loup Bureau, charged with "belonging to a terrorist group", and imprisoned in Turkey, posing in Orvault, near Nantes, western France. AFP / JEAN-SEBASTIEN EVRARD
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France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian on Thursday pressed Ankara to speed up the case of a French reporter held in Turkey for seven weeks and release him as soon as possible.Speaking after talks with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his Turkish counterpart Mevlut Cavusoglu, Le Drian also called for an improvement in the detention conditions of reporter Loup Bureau.French President Emmanuel Macron had previously sought to secure the reporter's release in a phone call with Erdogan.Washington, however, sees the group as the main force leading the fight against Daesh (ISIS) extremists on the ground in Syria.His arrest has further hiked alarm over press freedom in Turkey under Erdogan, with foreign reporters also caught up in a massive crackdown following a failed coup in July 2016 .
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