Ingrid Betancourt is to return to Colombia shortly to begin work on a play about her harrowing experience being held for six years in the jungle by Marxist rebels.
After receiving a heroine's reception in France, where she became a cause celebre during her long ordeal, Ms Betancourt told Le Journal du Dimanche: "I shall return to Colombia in a few days. Meanwhile I want to see France, all of France. But I also want to be alone with my children ... I want to give this time to my family, to the father of my children whom I adore, who fought an extraordinary fight for me."
Asked whether she would write a book about her experience, the French-Colombian politician surprised everyone by saying: "I'll write a play."