Colombian Hostages: “France Played the Chávez Card”

Posted by John Rosenthal

Former French presidential candidate Ségolène Royal recently unleashed a polemic by noting that the French government played "no role whatsoever" in obtaining the freedom of Ingrid Betancourt and the other 14 hostages recently liberated in Colombia. But what exactly has been the effect of French diplomacy upon the Colombian hostage crisis and, more generally, on the conflict pitting the Colombian government against the rebel FARC? I spoke with Daniel Pécaut, one of France’s leading authorities on Colombian politics, about these questions. "I don’t think that France has contributed much to finding a political solution," he told me, "After all, the French government and Nicolas Sarkozy played the Chávez card." See the full interview on World Politics Review here.


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