French far-right leader calls for death penalty in Paris shooting aftermath
Capital punishment was practiced in France from the middle ages until 1977
A day after the targeting of a French satirical magazine in Paris that left 12 people dead, France’s Front National leader announced Thursday that if elected she would propose a referendum to bring back capital punishment in the country.
“I personally believe that the death penalty should exist in our legal arsenal,” Marine Le Pen told television channel France 2.
“I always said that I would offer French citizens the possibility to express themselves on the topic through a referendum,” Le Pen added.
Capital punishment was practiced in France from the middle ages until 1977 with the guillotine as the only legal execution method.
The last person to be executed was Hamida Djandoubi who was executed in September 1977.
The death penalty was abolished by law in on October 9, 1981, under President Mitterrand's presidency.
During the interview, Le Pen also said that she would speak to French President Francois Hollande about radical Islam in France and the “measures that need to be implemented to protect the countrymen.”
Le Pen condemned “Islamic fundamentalism” which “causes thousands of deaths every day worldwide.”