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Betancourt Rescue Footage Released (VIDEO)

First Posted: 07/15/08 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 01:35 PM ET


French officials say former hostage Ingrid Betancourt will be awarded the Legion of Honor on Bastille Day.

Betancourt -- who was released from six years of captivity in a Colombian jungle last week -- will receive the prestigious award on July 14. Bastille Day is France's biggest national holiday.

She's also scheduled to address the National Assembly, the lower house of France's parliament, on Wednesday.

President Nicolas Sarkozy's office said Monday that Betancourt will be decorated along with other Legion of Honor recipients. Betancourt is a dual French-Colombian citizen.

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Watch video of the rescue operation.


Filed by Nick Graham  |