Mexico cancels year of events in France after diplomatic row
Mexico's government canceled Year of Mexico celebrations in France on Monday amid souring diplomatic relations over the case of a Frenchwoman serving a lengthy jail term on kidnapping charges.
"In the light of the declarions of President Nicolas Sarkozy, the government of Mexico considers that the conditions for the Year of Mexico in France do not exist for its properly declared purpose," said a government statement.
Earlier Monday, Sarkozy said he would dedicate the joint cultural celebrations to Florence Cassez, whose appeal against her conviction and 60-year prison term was rejected by a Mexican court last week.
"Unfortunately, the government of Mexico will not be able to participate in these activities," said the foreign ministry statement.
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