President Emmanuel Macron said on Saturday that France would launch a global campaign to abolish the death penalty as part of the EU’s presidency.
Macron said in a speech marking the 40th anniversary of the abolition of the death penalty in France that a conference would be held in Paris to gather civil society groups from countries where the death penalty is in place or suspended.
France, which will chair the revolving EU Council in the first half of 2022, will implement the UN resolution along with other member states. , he said.
Macron spoke with Robert Pontiner, the Justice Minister of the late President Franோois Midrand, who led the abolition of the death penalty through the French Parliament in 1981.
France is the 35th country in the world to abolish the death penalty. Although many large countries, including China, Iran and the United States, retain it, the fact that most countries no longer use punishment is a period of further abolition and sanctions.
In France, according to opinion polls, the public is deeply divided over the issue, with right-wing commentator Eric Zemmor, who will run in next year’s presidential election, saying he supports the death penalty in principle.
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