Wednesday, February 16, 2011

French-Mexican relations

The Cassez case comes to a head

Feb 16th 2011, 19:48 by T.W. | MEXICO CITY

A SIMMERING six-year squabble between Mexico and France finally boiled over this week, sending increasingly testy statements zipping back and forth across the Atlantic. Regarding the decision by a Mexican court on February 10th to uphold a 60-year prison sentence given to a French citizen accused of kidnapping, Mexico was responsible for a “serious humanitarian problem”, according to Nicolas Sarkozy, France’s president. The Mexican foreign ministry retorted that it was “very surprising” that a head of state would conduct foreign policy in consultation with a convict. The latest fallout is that a12-month celebration of Mexican culture due to take place in France this year seems to be on the rocks.

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