Ballestrazzi to lead Interpol

Nov. 9, 2012 at 2:52 PM

ROME, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Interpol elected French police commissioner Mireille Ballestrazzi, 58, to lead the international police organization, it announced.

Ballestrazzi, known for battling organized crime in the Bordeaux, France, region and director of judicial police on the island of Corsica in the 1990s, becomes the first woman to head the intergovernmental group, based in Lyon, France, dedicated to facilitating international police cooperation, Radio France Internationale reported Thursday.

Her selection was announced at Interpol's general assembly in Rome.

French Interior Minister Manuel Valls called Ballestrazzi "a great policewoman. She is one of the women who are the pride of the French police."

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