July 31, 2003
French Biffed It
A French citizen was being held by Colombian rebels. Here's what the French did:
A Hercules C-130 transporter landed in Manaus, the closest large Brazilian city to the Colombian border, but Brazil ordered it out, saying France had given no warning over the mission's nature.
But here's the kicker:
Ms Betancourt was not freed and the rebel Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) group, which has been holding her for more than a year, denied it was intending to free her.
And now France had to apologize to Brazil. No wonder the French oppose unilateralism, they can't do it right themselves.