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MessageSujet: Ingrid Betancourt respire l'air de la France   Ven 4 Juil - 20:35

http://actualite.aol.fr/actualite-france/recue-en-heroine-a-paris-betancourt/article/20080704154103403101321

http://www.purepeople.com/11487-PHOTOS-Ingrid-Betancourt-un-vrai-triomphe-a-l-Hotel-de-Ville-.html


Reçue en héroïne à Paris, Betancourt émue de "respirer l'air de la France"



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Ingrid Betancourt, libérée mercredi après plus de six ans de captivité en Colombie, est arrivée vendredi avec ses enfants en France, où elle a été accueillie en héroïne par le président Nicolas Sarkozy qui lui a fait part du bonheur de tout un pays de la revoir libre."Je rêve depuis sept ans de vivre ce moment. C'est un moment très, très émouvant pour moi: respirer l'air de la France, être avec vous", a déclaré Ingrid Betancourt, très émue, dans sa première déclaration sur le sol français.








Souriante, vêtue d'un tailleur pantalon bleu marine, elle a été la première à sortir de l'Airbus présidentiel arrivé sur l'aéroport militaire de Villacoublay, près de Paris, en provenance de Bogota.
En bas de la passerelle, elle a donné l'accolade à Nicolas Sarkozy et embrassé son épouse, Carla Bruni, avant d'échanger quelques paroles avec eux.





"C'est toute la France qui est heureuse que vous soyez là et c'est toute la France qui est impressionnée par la façon dont vous êtes revenue, avec ce sourire, cette force", a déclaré M. Sarkozy sur le tarmac, sous un soleil estival.


Ingrid Betancourt a pris Nicolas Sarkozy par la main et lui a rendu hommage. "Je regarde cet homme extraordinaire qui a tant lutté pour moi et je regarde aussi à travers lui toute la France".
"Je dois tout à la France", a-t-elle assuré, en remerciant aussi "Dieu et le ciel".
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J'ai beaucoup pleuré de douleur et d'indignation. Aujourd'hui je pleure de joie", a-t-elle encore dit, des sanglots dans la voix, sous les applaudissements.


Mme Betancourt est arrivée à Paris avec ses enfants, Mélanie, 22 ans, et Lorenzo, 19 ans, son ex-mari Fabrice Delloye, ainsi que sa soeur Astrid, qui étaient allés la chercher en Colombie avec le ministre des Affaires étrangères Bernard Kouchner.
Pendant une réception à l'ambiance festive au palais de l'Elysée, à laquelle étaient conviés ses nombreux comités de soutien, M. Sarkozy a promis de continuer le "combat" pour les otages toujurs aux mains des Forces armées révolutionnaires de Colombie (Farc).""J'ai besoin de compter sur notre président Sarkozy pour qu'il aille en Colombie à nouveau", a déclaré Mme Betancourt.


Ingrid Betancourt, âgée de 46 ans, doit subir de longs examens médicaux à l'hôpital militaire du Val-de-Grâce à Paris, pour prendre la mesure des conséquences physiques de ses six ans et quatre mois de détention, avec d'autres otages, dans la jungle colombienne aux mains des Farc.


Depuis sa libération par une opération de l'armée colombienne, elle est apparue rayonnante, alors qu'elle a expliqué avoir été gravement malade pendant sa détention.
"J'ai eu des chaînes tout le temps, 24 heures sur 24, pendant trois ans", a-t-elle raconté. Elle a également indiqué avoir été souvent victime de "sévices", ajoutant que sa "spiritualité" l'avait sauvée."

Je n'ai pas de fardeau du passé à porter, ce qui m'a fait du mal dans la jungle reste dans la jungle", a-t-elle dit sur la chaîne de télévision TF1.
Ingrid Betancourt, que l'on a vue plusieurs fois en train de prier après sa libération, a affirmé qu'elle allait rencontrer le pape Benoît XVI la semaine prochaine.
Ingrid Betancourt a acquis la nationalité française en épousant Fabrice Delloye, le père de ses deux enfants, dont elle a divorcé depuis. Elle a passé une partie de son enfance à Paris où son père, diplomate, était en poste, avant d'y faire des études.

Elle a été libérée mercredi avec 14 autres otages, trois Américains et onze militaires et policiers colombiens, lors d'une opération héliportée de l'armée colombienne.






Selon la Radio Suisse Romande (RSS), des membres des Farc auraient touché 20 millions de dollars pour trahir leur camp et l'opération n'aurait été qu'une mise en scène. Mme Betancourt a dit ne pas croire à une mise en scène.
Dernière mise à jour le: Vendredi, 4 Juillet






PARIS - JULY 04: Freed hostage Ingrid Betancourt holds a citizen of honour of the city of Paris offered by Paris's Mayor Bertrand Delanoe as she arrives at the hotel de ville on July 4, 2008 in Paris, France. She came to take off her portrait from the wall of the city hall of Paris, on which it was hung from 2004.French-Columbian politician Betancourt was rescued two days ago by the Columbian army after being held hostage for six years in the Columbian jungle by members of the Farc guerilla organisation

















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http://www.independent.ie/world-news/south-america/ingrid-could-be-a-joan-of-arc-for-the-modern-age-1428544.html

Ingrid could be a Joan of Arc for the modern age
After six years as their prize hostage, will Ingrid Betancourt now take on Colombia's Farc rebels? Jeremy McDermott reports from Medellin



Former hostage gets to hug her children after six years
Betancourt hails her 'miracle' rescue after six years in captivity
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Sunday July 06 2008

IT was a serene Ingrid Betancourt who was treated to a hero's welcome in Paris last Friday, just two days after being dramatically delivered from six years in the hands of Marxist guerrillas deep in the Colombian jungle.

In 2002, Betancourt had approached a rebel roadblock with that same serenity. She was one of the fiercest critics of the terrorist organisation Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc), but she was also a skilled politician. She could never have imagined that she was about to spend several years as their captive, frequently chained to a tree in a verdant prison: a time that, as she wrote later to her mother, tested her enormous reserves of courage to their limit and beyond.

It was February 23, a Saturday, and Farc was stronger than it had ever been in its 40-year history. With 16,000 fighters, a firm hold on the drugs trade and training received from the Provisional IRA, the rebels felt in top form. The only blot on the horizon was that they had failed to secure the release of hundreds of their comrades in prisons across the country.

But they had a plan to achieve that. They had been "collecting'' security force officers and politicians who they planned to hand over in return for imprisoned rebels in a "humanitarian exchange''. And they were poised to get the jewel in the crown, a popular, glamorous politician.

With a French passport from her first marriage, and as the daughter of an aristocratic Colombian diplomat, Betancourt was about to give them what they craved: the attention of the international community. The rebels told Betancourt to get out of the car and told her she was "being detained'', along with her aide, Carla Rojas.

Over the next six years there were to be just three "proofs of life'' delivered by her captors: a video a few months after her capture, showing her sitting at a rustic table, but with no clues as to where she was being held was the first. "I am not asking for a prisoner exchange for me, nor for the other kidnap victims,'' she said, her voice calm as she read from notes. "That is a decision for the government and it must be free to make that decision, without pressure or blackmail.''

The request was repeated a year later -- another video, Betancourt looking well, asking for rescue from the newly elected President Uribe. A small, bookish-looking fellow, Uribe's discourse was nonetheless hard-line and uncompromising.

Like other presidents before him, he promised to defeat Farc and bring them to the negotiating table again -- but this time at the point of a gun. For Uribe this was not just political but personal: his father had been killed at the hands of the rebels.

Betancourt's family, however, was not convinced and spoke against Uribe's strategy, with good reason. In May 2003, the military had tried to rescue 10 political hostages held by Farc in the northern province of Antioquia.

The rebels heard the helicopters carrying the 75 Special Forces troops and promptly executed the hostages, among them a provincial governor and a former defence minister.

For years, there was no "proof of life''. Yet the mythology about Betancourt grew: in France, she took on the status of a 21st century Joan of Arc. presidents Chirac and Sarkozy both promised to secure her freedom.

But the prospect of a "humanitarian exchange'' of prisoners was not in sight. The guerrillas demanded a demilitarised zone -- in the middle of a key drug-running route -- to negotiate a prisoner swap. Mr Uribe said he would not "cede an inch of territory to terrorism''.

The political hostages, now numbering over 60, continued to rot in the jungle. Betancourt's family tried to keep her plight on the national and international agendas. Juan Carlos Lecompte, Ingrid's husband (her second, and not the father of her children, Melanie and Lorenzo), would fly over stretches of jungle and toss out pictures of her children, once distributing 10,000 copies.

He would turn up at political events with his arm draped over a life-size cardboard cutout of his wife, ready to talk to any journalist.

The story would pick up every February when another anniversary was celebrated, but then fade. In May 2007, after four years of silence, word came from a heroic source. An escaped hostage, a policeman called Jhon Frank Pinchao, had been with Ingrid for months, even learning a few words of French from her.

"Ingrid never cries,'' said Pinchao who broke down frequently as he spoke of eight years in captivity. "She is too strong for that, she never shows the pain.'' Then, at the end of December, three rebels were captured in Bogota, carrying "proofs of life'' for many of the hostages, including Betancourt. In a photograph she looked gaunt and ill. The letter to her mother made grim reading.

"These six years of captivity have shown me that I'm not as resistant, nor as brave, nor as intelligent, nor as strong as I had thought,'' she wrote.

Just a month later, her aide Carla Rojas was freed, to be reunited with the son fathered by a Farc rebel while she was in captivity. She confessed that her relationship with Betancourt had been strained by their failed attempts to escape.

Yet the woman who stepped down on the tarmac of Bogota airport on Wednesday was not only standing on her own two feet, she proceeded to give an impromptu press conference for over an hour and then went, still in the boots and clothes she had worn in captivity, to the presidential palace for a two-hour address to the nation conducted by President Uribe.

She stayed up most of that night, speaking to her husband, sending him out to get oranges for breakfast, before heading off to the airport to greet the children she had not seen for six years.

Ingrid was 41 when she was taken. Now, at 47, she has the profile, status and credibility that politicians would kill for. She is likely to pick up where she left off at the roadblock in 2002 when she was running for the presidency.

She has given herself a new mission -- to secure the release of the remaining hostages. She wants to negotiate with Farc. However, like her, the rebels have changed over the last six years.

They are no longer the confident force that snatched Betancourt. The year 2008 has been the blackest for Farc in more than four decades of fighting.

Two members of the guerrillas' seven-man ruling body, the Secretariat, have been killed, one bombed in an encampment within Ecuador, another murdered by his bodyguard, who later claimed a government bounty. And the death in March of the leader and founder, Manuela Marulanda, aged 78, who suffered a heart attack, shook the movement deeply.

What the latest military rescue has shown is that command, control and communication within the rebel army are in disarray.

With desertion at a record high, it is clear that morale is low. The new supreme commander, Alfonso Cano, known more as an ideologue than as a military commander, has only a fragile hold on the rebel units spread across the country. Yet it would be premature to write off what has been one of the world's richest and most powerful insurgencies. Farc still number 9,000 fighters, they still have plenty of money -- allegedly around $300m (€191m) a year -- thanks to the drugs trade and are still capable of inflicting massive damage on this war-racked Andean nation.

What is needed is a mediator, a person of national and international standing, with personal understanding of the Colombian conflict.

What is needed is the peacemaker that this country is crying out for, the John Hume of Colombia. There is one woman who could fill those shoes. One woman who could assure herself of a place in history and perhaps of the presidency of her nation. Ingrid, your nation calls for you.

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