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France, Mexico open 'new page' after past tensions

The presidents of France and Mexico kick-started relations between their nations on Thursday, putting behind past strains caused by the case of a Frenchwoman accused of kidnapping. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto treated visiting French leader Francois Hollande to the full honors of a state visit, with cannon salvos at the Campo Marte military field in Mexico City. "Our two countries share a long, sometimes tumultuous, history, but always respectful," Hollande said at the start of his two-day visit.

France, Mexico open 'new page' after past tensions

The presidents of France and Mexico kick-started relations between their nations on Thursday, putting behind past strains caused by the case of a Frenchwoman accused of kidnapping. Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto treated visiting French leader Francois Hollande to the full honors of a state visit, with cannon salvos at the Campo Marte military field in Mexico City. "Our two countries share a long, sometimes tumultuous, history, but always respectful," Hollande said at the start of his two-day visit.

French leader in Mexico to kick-start strained ties

French President Francois Hollande arrived in Mexico City late Wednesday for a trip aimed at renewing relations that were rocked by the case of a Frenchwoman accused of kidnapping. Hollande landed in the Mexican capital just before midnight for a two-day state visit that will include talks with President Enrique Pena Nieto, a visit to pre-Hispanic pyramids and a tour of a French aviation industry factories in central Mexico.

French leader in Mexico to kick-start strained ties

French President Francois Hollande has arrived in Mexico City for a trip aimed at renewing relations that were rocked by the case of a Frenchwoman accused of kidnapping. Hollande landed in the Mexican capital late Wednesday for a two-day state visit that will include talks with President Enrique Pena Nieto, a visit to pre-Hispanic pyramids and a tour of French aviation industry factories in central Mexico.

Frenchwoman who was at center of diplomatic spat with Mexico weds

Paris, Jul 22 (EFE).- Florence Cassez, a Frenchwoman who spent seven years in prison in Mexico on a kidnapping conviction and was ordered released by the Mexican Supreme Court in January on the basis of due process violations, has married a Franco-Mexican man, media reports said. The wedding took place Sunday in the northern French city of Dunkerque, the La Voix du Nord newspaper reported. Cassez married a man identified only as Fausto just six months after being released from the prison in Tepepan, the newspaper said.

France, Mexico mend ties after diplomatic spat

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto met France's foreign minister Monday, turning the page on a diplomatic row over the arrest of a Frenchwoman who was freed this year. Meeting in Mexico City's historic National Palace, Pena Nieto and Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius announced the creation of a "Franco-Mexican Strategic Council" that includes ambassadors, business leaders and Mexican movie star Salma Hayek.

Mexico rights panel to file criminal complaint over Cassez case

Mexico City, Mar 14 (EFE).- Mexico's top human rights body has called for a probe into more than a score of current and former federal law-enforcement officials for alleged rights violations of Frenchwoman Florence Cassez, who spent seven years in prison on a kidnapping conviction before Mexico's high court ordered her released in January.

UPDATE 6-Mexico quashes Frenchwoman's kidnap charge after 7 years in jail

* Case had strained diplomatic relations * Judges rule trial was tainted * Cassez wears bullet-proof vest as police take her to airport (Updates with Cassez flying to France) By Alexandra Alper MEXICO CITY, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Mexico's top court freed a Frenchwoman convicted of kidnapping on Wednesday, ruling that her trial was tainted and ending a seven-year imprisonment that strained ties with France.

Mexico court orders release of jailed Frenchwoman Cassez

MEXICO CITY, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the immediate release of Frenchwoman Florence Cassez, who is serving a 60-year sentence for kidnapping, after judges said her trial was tainted. Federal officers arrested Cassez, 38, in 2005 at a ranch near Mexico City with her former boyfriend, Israel Vallarta, whom they accused of heading a kidnapping gang called the Zodiacs. A judge convicted her in 2008 after a closed-door trial with no jury, typical of most cases in Mexico.

Court hearing offers lifeline to French woman jailed in Mexico

By Gabriel Stargardter MEXICO CITY, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Mexico's Supreme Court on Wednesday will review the case of a French woman serving a 60-year sentence for kidnapping, a conviction that has caused a long-running diplomatic spat with France. Florence Cassez, 38, was convicted in 2008 for participating in a kidnapping ring, but the legal process was riddled with irregularities, prompting criticism of Mexico's justice system and protests from France over her treatment.
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