Frenchwoman freed in Mexico reaches Paris

January 25, 2013 - 5:11:08 am

PARIS: A Frenchwoman freed from Mexican jail after a court said police violated her rights by staging her arrest for kidnapping on national television, arrived in Paris yesterday to a hero’s welcome.

A smiling Florence Cassez arrived on a flight from Mexico City with her father Bernard, a day after Mexico’s Supreme Court voted for her release after seven years in prison in a case that strained Franco-Mexican ties.

France’s foreign minister was among the many dignitaries joining her mother and members of her support committee for her arrival at the Charles de Gaulle airport. Dozens of reporters and camera crews were also in place to record the arrival of the 38-year-old whose release was hailed by President Francois Hollande.