In Buenos Aires the French ambassador has protested to the Argentina Government over the five hour detention of New Left philosopher and journalist, Bernard Henri Levy, who is in the country to cover the World Cup.
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A report in the Times of London on Thursday (1 June) said a French woman detained without trial for more than a year in Argentina was released earlier in May. The report said Mme. Patricia Camusso, a 20-year-old widow, was released on may 12 from the Villa Devoto prison in Buenos Aires after approaches by the International Red Cross. The report said 21 other French people were still missing in Argentina. Reuters reported that the French New Left philosopher, Bernard Henri Levy, was detained after customs men found human rights publications in his luggage and copies of the French newspaper, Le Nouvel Observaeur, which as attacked Argentina for alleged human rights violations.
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Background: In Buenos Aires the French ambassador has protested to the Argentina Government over the five hour detention of New Left philosopher and journalist, Bernard Henri Levy, who is in the country to cover the World Cup. Mr. Levy was held by police on Saturday (27 May), when he arrived at the Ezeiza international airport. He will cover aspects of the World Cup for a number of American and European periodicals. Meanwhile, French left-wing militants have held a march in Paris to protest against the arrest and the staging of the World Cup in Argentina.
SYNOPSIS: About 8,000 left-wing militants turned out in Paris on Wednesday (31 May) evening for the march through suburbs in the north east section of the city. The demonstrators carried banners and chanted slogans such as "Solidarity with the Argentina people" and "Boycott of the dictatorship".
The demonstrators had been given the right to march by the French police, but there was still a large riot squad on hand to keep a watch on the long procession of marchers. The march had been organised by the Committee for the Boycott of Argentina (COBA) who want the world to cut all ties with the military-governed South American country.
COBA claims the Argentina Government of President Jorge Videla has murdered 8,000 people, imprisoned a further 10,000 and is responsible for the disappearance of another 15,000 people.
The march -- on the eve of the opening World Cup game in Buenos Aires on Thursday, (1 June) -- went without serious incident. Police said they made no arrests.