Florence Cassez, a Frenchwoman who spent seven years in prison in Mexico on a kidnapping conviction and was ordered released by the Mexican Supreme Court in January on the basis of due process violations, has married a Franco-Mexican man, media reports said.
The wedding took place Sunday in the northern French city of Dunkerque, the La Voix du Nord newspaper reported.
Cassez married a man identified only as Fausto just six months after being released from the prison in Tepepan, the newspaper said.
The groom visited Cassez several times while she was behind bars in Mexico.
The 38-year-old Cassez was arrested on Dec. 8, 2005, on the Mexico City-Cuernavaca highway along with her then-boyfriend, Israel Vallarta, the suspected leader of the Los Zodiaco kidnapping gang.
Agents from the now-defunct AFI, Mexico's equivalent of the FBI, staged a mock raid a day later so TV cameras could film the arrest of the gang members in a wooded area near Mexico City.
Dunkerque Mayor Michel Delebarre, who performed the civil marriage ceremony, praised Cassez's tenacity while in prison.
About 100 guests attended the wedding at Saint-Martin Church in the port city.
The couple has not decided whether to move to northern France or live in the Alps, where the groom was living, the newspaper said.
On Jan. 23, the Mexican Supreme Court ordered the immediate release of Cassez, who was convicted of kidnapping and other crimes in Mexico and sentenced to serve 60 years in prison, citing the re-enactment of the raid and other due process violations in its ruling on the case.
Former French President Nicolas Sarkozy pressured Mexico to transfer Cassez to a French prison to serve out her term, invoking the Strasbourg Convention on the Transfer of Sentenced Persons, which Mexico signed in 2007.
The administration of former Mexican President Felipe Calderon, however, insisted that the Frenchwoman - who received a 98-year prison sentence in 2008 that was subsequently reduced to 60 years - could not be repatriated due to the possibility that she might obtain a drastic reduction or suspension of her sentence in France.
Some of Sarkozy's statements about the Cassez case caused diplomatic tensions with Mexico, especially his call in February 2011 to dedicate the "Year of Mexico," a series of more than 350 art, cultural and business events scheduled to be held in France, to the jailed Frenchwoman. EFE