Macron Celebrates 40 Years Since The Abolition Of The Death Penalty In France

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French President Emmanuel Macron marks the 40th anniversary of the abolition of the death penalty in France at the Pantheon on Saturday, in the presence of Robert Badinter, the former justice minister who played a key role in passing the law.

To mark the anniversary, Badinter, the architect of the abolition of capital punishment in France, will give a speech alongside Macron. The current Minister of Justice, Eric Dupond-Moretti, will also participate in the commemorations.

>> Robert Badinter, the lawyer who fought to end the death penalty in France

The legislation that abolished the death penalty was approved by the National Assembly on September 18, 1981, four months after the election of François Mitterrand to the Elysee. The scrapping of the guillotine was officially enacted on October 9, 1981.

Click on the player above to watch the ceremony live from 12:00 Paris time (GMT + 2).

 

 

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