London, Nov 29 (ANI): France's first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy, has vowed to help a grieving Italian mother trace the mysterious death of her son while being held in a French prison.
The 43-year-old Bruni was "deeply moved" after being contacted by Cira Antignano about the death of her son Daniele Franceschi.
French police arrested Franceschi in Cannes as he tried to use a credit card that did not belong to him in a casino in March and he died five months later after complaining of mistreatment to his mother.
Officially French police said he died from "natural causes" but Antignano wants a full explanation from them about why his organs were missing when his body was returned and why it took so long to arrive.
"I was very deeply moved by your letter and I want to express my deep condolences. I want you to know that I am close to you in your pain," the Telegraph quoted Bruni-Sarkozy, as writing in her letter.
"I have full faith in the French justice system and they will answer you and the Italian authorities. There is ongoing contact between them both. Be assured you have my solidarity, keep strong and brave. Carla Bruni-Sarkozy."
Antignano had written to her last month asking her for help after official requests for information from Franco Frattini, Italy's Foreign Minister, to French authorities also went answered.
Antignano, who had been planning to travel to Paris to take her protest to the French personally, said, "I couldn't believe it when I got the reply from her. I hope as well that my faith in French justice will return." (ANI)