French President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday that France would launch a campaign to abolish the death penalty around the world as part of its upcoming presidency of the European Union.
Macron, in a speech marking the 40th anniversary of the abolition of the sentence by France, said a conference would be held in Paris to gather civil society groups from countries where the death penalty is being used or suspended. has gone.
France, which will hold the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union in the first half of 2022, will also work with other member states towards a UN resolution requiring countries to report the number of death sentences awarded each year and executions. would be required. , he said.
Macron was speaking with the late President François Mitterrand’s Justice Minister Robert Badinter, who in 1981 worked through the French parliament to abolish the death penalty.
France was the 35th country in the world to outlaw the death penalty. Further abolitions and moratoriums since then have meant that most countries no longer use the punishment, although a number of larger countries, including China, Iran and the United States, maintain it.
In France, according to opinion polls, the public is sharply divided on the issue, and right-wing commentator Eric Zemour, who is in contention for next year’s presidential election, has said he supports the death penalty in principle. .
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