Don’t forget hostages, says Betancourt (Lead)

July 14th, 2008 - 11:24 pm ICT by IANS  

Paris, July 14 (DPA) In accepting her decoration as a Knight of the Legion of Honour, former hostage Ingrid Betancourt Monday asked the world not to forget those who are still in the hands of the Colombian rebel group FARC. “I ask you all not to forget (the hostages), not to think it is impossible (to free them). It’s just a matter of time,” Betancourt said after being decorated by French President Nicolas Sarkozy during the traditional Bastille Day garden party the Elysee Palace.

Betancourt and numerous other personalities were officially named to the French Legion of Honour Monday, the French national holiday.

Sarkozy decided to grant this honour to the Franco-Colombian Betancourt a few days after she and 14 other hostages were liberated from FARC July 2.

Among other civilians decorated was French actor Jean Reno, who co-starred in the blockbuster film “The Da Vinci Code”. He was made an Officer of the Legion of Honour.

The Legion of Honour is France’s highest award and was created by Napoleon Bonaparte. The order consists of five ranks, of which the Knight is the lowest with the Officer second lowest.

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