The Los Angeles Times reports the Frenchmen is the first journalist to die while covering the lengthy political unrest in Syria.
Syrian authorities and opposition supporters traded accusations of responsibility for the shelling that killed Gilles Jacquier, 43, an award-winning correspondent for the television channel France 2.
The government called it a terrorist crime and said eight Syrians were also killed. The opposition Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said in Britain that the attack took place in a neighborhood loyal to Assad and accused the government of trying to intimidate journalists.
Across the country, as many as 24 people were reported killed Wednesday, according to the opposition Local Coordination Committees, a coalition of protest groups.AFP adds that the French government is demanding a full investigation into what caused Mr. Jacquier's death.
An AFP reporter at the scene saw a shell explode amid a group of journalists covering demonstrations in the city of Homs, a centre of opposition to the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said rockets hit the group of journalists, killing Jacquier and six Syrians. The Observatory did not say who was responsible, but activists in Homs blamed authorities.
Several others were wounded in the blast, which occurred as the reporters were on a visit organised by the Syrian authorities.
One of those hurt was a Belgian journalist who was hit in the eye.
A Dutch freelance photographer was also wounded, the Dutch foreign ministry said, adding that he had been treated and already released from hospital.Mr. Jacquier's employer, France 2, explores his death and the legacy he leaves behind. (Please note this story is in French.)