Fabrice Delloye, the ex-husband of former hostage Ingrid Betancourt, will soon be named France’s new ambassador to Costa Rica.
Delloye was married to Betancourt from 1981 to 1990 and has two children with her. He lobbied vigorously for Betancourt’s release from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Columbia (FARC), which held her hostage from 2002 to July of this year.
A career diplomat, Delloye has served as economic adviser for the French Embassy in the Republic of Seychelles, a group of islands in the Indian Ocean, and as France’s cultural representative to Peru.
One of Delloye’s tasks will be to help find new educational options for families at the French-CostaRicanSchool in Tres Ríos, east of San José. France recently decided to withdraw funding from the school, leading to its possible closure at the end of 2009.
Delloye is replacing Jean-Paul Monchau, who left last month after a three-year term.
–EFE and The Tico Times