French President Emmanuel Macron commemorates 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 getting the law passed.
To mark the anniversary, Badinter, the architect of the abolition of capital punishment in France, is due to give a speech alongside Macron. The current justice minister, Eric Dupond-Moretti, will also take part in the commemorations.
Legislation abolishing the death penalty was adopted by the National Assembly on September 18, 1981, four months after the election of François Mitterrand to the Élysée. The scrapping of the guillotine was officially enacted on October 9, 1981.
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