Metz. Do you know which foreign head of state taught in Metz?

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In 2010, at the end of his presidential term, a foreign head of state found himself in the amphitheaters of Metz. A controversial appointment, so much so that in 2011 a letter of protest from about forty French and European parliamentarians was provoked. This is Alvaro Uribe, former president of Colombia from 2002 to 2010. He was later appointed university professor at Énim, the National School of Engineers of Metz.

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A tendentious appointment

At the time, the links between the former President and Enim were not new. During his mandate, Alvaro Uribe entrusted Énim with the modernization of Colombian training centers to meet the skills needs of the country’s industrial bases. He was later made an honorary engineer of the school. A passage largely returned in 2009 to the French Embassy in Bogotá, when the Head of State granted Colombian citizenship to Pierre Padilla, director of Énim, for “the services rendered to this country and to the Franco-French friendship- Colombian “.

In their letter of 2009, the parliamentarians denounce “the lucrative contracts stipulated between this educational institution and the Colombian state”. They also recall the human rights violations in Colombia during his tenure. Alvaro Uribe “has implemented a controversial so-called democratic security policy officially aimed at combating insecurity and strengthening the rule of law. In the context of the armed conflict that Colombia has been experiencing for more than fifty years, the latter promises in particular to the soldiers bonuses and benefits for every guerrilla killed in combat ”, they write. Without forgetting that at the time the former president was called to appear before an American court, accused of having ordered the assassination of Colombian trade unionists by the paramilitaries. These known elements, it is not surprising that his arrival at the school desks arouses controversy. This will be due to his teaching career in France. He will be forced to resign in April 2011.

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