Photographer critical after shooting at French daily

PARIS (AFP) - A photographer was left fighting for his life Monday after being shot by an intruder at the Paris offices of left-wing French daily Liberation, police and the newspaper said.

The victim was shot in the chest and stomach with a pump-action shotgun and was in a critical condition, they said, adding that the shooter had fled the scene.

The shooting came three days after a man stormed into the Paris headquarters of news channel BFMTV brandishing a shotgun and warned a senior editor: "Next time, I will not miss you." Police are investigating a possible link between the two incidents.

Liberation executive Mr Nicolas Demorand said the attack had left staff horrified.

"When you have someone with a shotgun coming into a newspaper's offices in a democracy, it is very, very serious, whatever the mental state of the person," Mr Demorand told AFP.

"If papers and other media have to become bunkers, something has gone wrong in our society."

Meanwhile, Police have been deployed at all Paris media offices after the shooting.