French T.V. Journalist Assaulted by Cairo Protesters

PARIS -- A French TV journalist says she was punched and roughed up, then sexually assaulted while covering protests in Egypt's Tahrir Square, the second such attack reported there in a single day.

Caroline Sinz told France 3 television, her employer, on Friday that a day earlier she and her cameraman were set upon by young men in the square then separated.

She said she was punched, then "subjected to a sexual aggression in front of everyone in full daylight."

Providing more detail in an interview with RMC radio, she said boys 14 to 16 years old "tore off my clothes and undergarments" and assaulted her.

Mona Eltahawy, a prominent Egyptian-born U.S. columnist, also said she was sexually assaulted Thursday in the square. She is a women's rights defender, a lecturer on the role of social media in the Arab world and a former Reuters journalist.