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Burial For TV Journalist Killed in Romania With PM-Romania, Bjt

December 28, 1989 GMT

PARIS (AP) _ About 1,000 people packed into a small chapel to honor a French television reporter crushed by a tank as he reported on the revolution in Romania.

A Romanian flag with its Communist symbols cut from the center draped the coffin of Jean-Louis Calderon, 31, before his burial Wednesday in the Parisian suburb of Poissy.

A ceremony was held earlier in the afternoon at the Chapelle Notre-Dame de Compassion in western Paris near the headquarters of La Cinq, the station where Calderon worked.

In attendance were Minister for Humanitarian Affairs Bernard Kouchner and Robert Hersant, the French media magnate who serves as president of the private network.

Calderon arrived Friday in Bucharest to report on the ouster of Nicolae Ceausescu and fighting between the army and security forces loyal to the former dictator.

About 30 army tanks entered the square before the Central Committee headquarters about 2 a.m. Saturday, where Calderon and cameraman Patrice Dutertre were photographing a crowd of demonstrators.

One of the tanks turned unexpectedly and ran over Calderon. Dutertre narrowly avoided injury.

Calderon had worked as a radio and television reporter since 1981 and reported from Lebanon, Chad, Chile, South Africa, Morocco, Portugal and the United States. His survivors include a wife and two daughters.

A Belgian TV reporter, Danny Huwe, 42, died Sunday when snipers ambushed a car bringing him and other journalists from Sofia, Bulgaria to Bucharest. Turkish reporter Emre Aygen was wounded.

At least four other journalists have been wounded, including John Daniszewski of The Associated Press, John Tagliabue of The New York Times, Italian photographer Pasquale Modica and a Yugoslavian reporter.