France reaches out to FARC

July 21, 2005 at 10:08 PM

BOGOTA, July 21 (UPI) -- French authorities have contacted Colombia's leading left-wing rebel group in hopes of securing the release of a French citizen.

The French government -- with Colombia's permission -- has established a dialogue with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, hoping the rebels will free captive Ingrid Betancourt, El Tiempo reported Thursday. Betancourt has been held captive for three years.

In addition to being a French citizen, Betancourt is also a one-time Colombian presidential hopeful.

The FARC have been battling the Colombian government for more than 40 years.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Chelsea Clinton accidentally calls Bernie 'President Sanders'
Watch every star-studded Super Bowl commercial of 2016
Susan Sarandon responds to Piers Morgan criticizing cleavage
Two Virginia Tech students plotted 13-year-old's death, prosecutors said
Colin Powell, Condoleezza Rice got classified email on private accounts