The long journey home ended today for two French journalists trapped for nine days in a besieged Syrian city, an experience one called a "non-stop nightmare." After landing outside Paris where the French president and loved ones awaited them, one was carried from the plane on a stretcher, while the other smiled joyfully and punched his fist in the air. Edith Bouvier of the daily Le Figaro, and William Daniels, an award-winning photographer, had sneaked into Syria illegally to try to get an eyewitness view of the government crackdown.
They soon found themselves trapped inside the besieged Bab Amr district of Homs. On Feb. 22, shelling killed French photographer Remi Ochlik and American reporter Marie Colvin. It also wounded Bouvier and British photographer Paul Conroy. Nine days later, Bouvier and Daniels arrived in France after being smuggled by rebels through tunnels and snow out of Syria and into Lebanon. President Nicolas Sarkozy praised Bouvier's courage and the "almost chivalrous spirit of her partner in misfortune, William Daniels, who never abandoned Edith Bouvier even though he was unhurt and had other possibilities of getting out." Bouvier has a fractured leg.