Agence France-PresseMarch 23, 2013 02:30
French Minister Fleur Pellerin began a highly anticipated visit Saturday to South Korea, the land of her birth, where her unusual success story is a source of public pride, admiration and curiosity.
Born in 1973 in Seoul and abandoned, Pellerin was adopted by a French couple six months later from an orphanage and moved to France. This is the first time she has ever returned to her homeland.
"On a personal level, it's true that I'm excited," Pellerin told the Korean-language Chosun Ilbo in an interview published before her arrival Saturday.