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France’s anti-democratic streak

17 February 2024

5:00 PM

17 February 2024

5:00 PM

For the past week the airwaves in France have eulogised Robert Badinter, a name unfamiliar to many outside the Republic. He was the Justice Minister under François Mitterrand and the man who oversaw the abolition of the death penalty in 1981.

On Wednesday Emmanuel Macron presided over what was billed as a national act of remembrance.

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