Nicolas Sarkozy today reiterated his call for FARC to free hostage Ingrid Betancourt, saying the Colombian-French politician is "in danger of imminent death," Reuters reports. After 6 years in the rebel guerrillas' custody, Betancourt reportedly began a hunger strike Feb. 23. "Free Ingrid Betancourt and the weakest hostages," the French president said in an appearance televised with Spanish subtitles.
"The latest information reaching us regarding Ingrid Betancourt is profoundly worrying," Sarkozy said. "You, who lead the FARC, you have a rendezvous with history. Don't miss it..” The French military has been on standby, ready to transport hostages should an agreement be reached to trade them for imprisoned guerrillas, and the president has said he'll travel to Colombia if Betancourt is freed, Voice of America reports.