April 17, 2014
CFK meets with Salta victim father in Paris
President Cristina Fernández de Kirchner is in France for a three day official visit to the country. The President is to meet with her French pair, Nicolas Sarkozy, at midday on Wednesday at the Palais de l'Élysée, official sources informed.
CFK´s first official meeting was a gathering with Jean Michel Bouvier, father o Cassandra Bouvier, a French tourist brutally murdered in Salta province. Kirchner and the victim’s father discussed the progress in the investigation of Cassandra’s and her friend murders last July.The audience lasted around 30 minutes and took place at George V Hotel in Paris. Also present during the meeting were foreign minister Hector Timerman, Legal Secretary Carlos Zannini, Argentine ambassador in France Aldo Ferrer and the victim’s sister.
The crime has generated immense media coverage and apprehension. The French President Nicolas Sarkozy spoke with Fernández de Kirchner by telephone though in August, to “congratulate the Argentine justice system and the police service for their efforts” to try to resolve the case which currently remains under investigation and for which three men remain arrested.
Tomorrow, CFK is expected to inaugurate an Exhibition on the Paris-Dakar rally at the Argentine Embassy at Paris. In 2012, for the fourth time in a roll, the rally will take place in Argentina. During the ceremony, the chief of state is expected to also announce the MotoGP comeback to Argentina in 2013. One of the most important motorcyclist events of the world will take place in two years at Termas de Río Hondo, Santiago del Estero province.
During the visit, Fernández de Kirchner will attend an UNESCO event, at which Estela de Carlotto, head of the Grandmothers of the Plaza de Mayo will be presented with the Felix Houphouet-Boigny 2010 peace award. A award already given to personalities such as Nelson Mandela; Yitzhak Rabin, Shimon Peres, Yasser Arafat, Spanish king Juan Carlos, Jimmy Carter y and former Brazilian president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva granted to individuals dedicated to human rights defense.
The CFK’s entourage includes Foreign Minister Héctor Timerman, Tourism Minister Enrique Meyer; Human Rights Secretary Eduardo Luis Duhalde, Santiago del Estero´s governor, Gerardo Zamora and senator Daniel Filmus.
Focused on domestic issues for the past month, the trip marks the chief of state’s comeback to her international agenda after Argentina held the first primaries elections in its history last month. Kirchner is also scheduled to speak before the United Nation’s general assembly next week.