At Bompard Trophy, Florence Cassez Was on Everybody’s Mind

From the French RTL

November, 17th 2012

Translation : Pierre Lacour

To celebrate Florence Cassez’s 30th birthday, the Bompard Trophy of figure skating, in Paris’ 12th arrondissement, decided to dedicate this year’s edition to Florence. Many celebrities- among them Nelson Montfort, Laura Flessel and the Mayor of Orleans, Serge Grouard, attended to show their support for Florence and her parents.

Sentenced to 60 Years in Jail

“We haven’t noticed any difference between President Sarkozy’s action and that of President Hollande,” said Charlotte Cassez at the Bompard Trophy of figure skating in Paris-Bercy; the Trophy’s organizers had indeed dedicated the 2012 edition to her daughter.

An ultimate appeal is currently under examination by the Mexican Supreme Court, which in March rejected a motion to release Florence, although the majority of the five justices had noted significant violations of defense rights during her trial.


Charlotte Cassez: ”This rally in support of Florence, that’s something!”

Charlotte Cassez said: “We called Florence last night [Friday]… she is not doing too bad. There are many demonstrations to support her now; people are showing up. The ice sports’ association is the first to take action; that’s something. All this is going the right way.”

Along with the President of the French Association of Ice Sport, Didier Gailhaguet, were several politicians, among them Serge Grouard, the mayor (UMP – Union pour un Mouvement Populaire, center right) of Orléans, the city where Florence Cassez’ parents live, and sport personalities, including Laura Flessel, two-time fencing Olympic champion and flag bearer of the French delegation to the last London Olympics.


The Florence Cassez Affair

On April 18 2010, the Mexican justice released a 2007 document proving that Florence Cassez’ public detention was “remade” for TV cameras. As a result, the Mexican Supreme Court accepted to review Cassez trial. On March 21, 2012, the Supreme Court was to decide about setting Florence free.

On June 22 2009, Mexican President Felipe Calderón refused to transfer Florence Cassez to a French prison. Florence was then moved to Santa Marta, a prison known for being tougher.

Incarcerated since 2005, Florence Cassez was sentenced on April 27 2008 to 96 years in jail for kidnapping. Heard on appeal, this sentence was reduced to 60 years on March 3, 2009.

As she went to Mexico to be with her brother who works there, Florence –then 29- met with Israel Vallarta in 2004 and settled down in his ranch. On December 8, 2005, they were detained near Mexico, as Vallarta is suspected to be part of a group of kidnappers. Their detention was re-enacted for Mexican TV.