A woman flew to Paris from Istanbul last week with a four-year-old girl hidden in a bag, only for the girl to be discovered by Air France passengers and cabin crew.
The child was travelling without a ticket, the airline said.
In an unusual twist, it seems the woman will not be charged with any offence. A source at Charles de Gaulle Airport told The Local, an online publication specialising in news from France in English that the woman, “a resident of France” was in the process of adopting the child, who was from Haiti.
The source said the woman was apparently in the transit zone in Istanbul, and had crossed the customs checkpoint with the child, when she was prevented from boarding a flight with the child.
The woman then “decided to hide the child in a bag to get aboard another flight, after buying a new ticket”.
Once aboard, the woman is reported to have placed the child at her feet, hiding under a blanket. The girl needed to go to the toilet, however, and was then noticed by other passengers.
French authorities took the woman and girl into custody after arrival and held them while authorities looked into the circumstances. It was later reported that prosecutors had decided not to press charges.
Why the woman from France and the child from Haiti were in Turkey was not disclosed.
Written by Peter Needham