The former Colombian presidential candidate, who was kidnapped by the FARC in 2002 and freed by the Colombian Army in 2008, made the decision because her country “has too much hatred which needs to be cured”. Betancourt was heavily criticized in Colombia after having sought a considerable monetary compensation from the state due to her kidnapping. During an interview with the French radio station “France Inter”, Betancourt, who recently launched a book about her experience in captivity, declared that she needs to find a home. “I don’t have it. I’ve lived among luggage, between my son’s and my daughter’s”. She added that although she has Colombian roots, France is her refuge.