March 24, 1995 in Nation/World

Leader’s Wife Barred

Associated Press

The wife of French President Francois Mitterrand was reportedly denied entry Thursday to a U.S. Senate office building after she refused to walk through a metal detector because she has a heart pacemaker.

Danielle Mitterrand and her entourage were headed for a meeting with Sen. Paul Simon, D-Ill., to talk about human rights violations in Turkey and Iran when she was stopped by authorities, The Washington Post quoted congressional sources as saying.

The newspaper quoted the sources as saying Mrs. Mitterrand was offered no alternative for entering the building. The others proceeded to the meeting.

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