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Betancourt reunited with family ahead of return to France

Article published on the 2008-07-03 Latest update 2008-07-03 16:36 TU

Ingrid Betancourt is reunited with her mother upon disembarking in Bogota(Photo: reuters)

Ingrid Betancourt is reunited with her mother upon disembarking in Bogota
(Photo: reuters)

Ingrid Betancourt was reunited with her family following her rescue from the Farc guerilla group yesterday Wednesday. The former hostage met her mother upon arriving in Bogota. Early on Thursday morning a plane touched down carrying her two children, Melanie and Lorenzo.

The children were accompanied by Betancourt's sister Astrid and former husband Fabrice Delloye.

RFI's Jean-Pierre Boris, speaking today about Betancourt's rescue, said the approach of French president Nicolas Sarkozy was not really the right one.

He said that the French humanitarian approach didn't help and that it was President Uribe's hard line on Farc that was ultimately successful.



French president Nicolas Sarkozy will welcome Betancourt when she arrives in Paris on Friday. "I can't wait to be in France. I can't wait to be home", she said.

French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner had accompanied the former hostage's family to Bogota on Thursday.

In Paris today Thursday, the huge portrait of Betancourt that hangs in front of City Hall carried the word "Libre" (free). A rally was organised by Betancourt's support groups who called for the fight to continue for those still held by the Farc.