4 French journalists released after Cairo arrests

France's Foreign Ministry says Egyptian police have released four French journalists detained while covering violent unrest in Cairo.

Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero confirmed French media reports saying that the four — for daily Le Figaro, weeklies Paris Match and Journal du Dimanche, and photo agency Sipa Press — were freed.

Valero said he didn't immediately have further details, such as whether the journalists were mistreated while in custody Friday.

Sipa and Le Figaro said earlier that it had lost contact with their journalists after they were arrested.

Thousands of anti-government protesters took to Cairo streets on Friday in a major escalation of days of challenges to President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year rule.