Robert Badinter, behind France’s abolition of the death penalty, dies age 95 – media

By Thomson Reuters Feb 9, 2024 | 4:50 AM

PARIS (Reuters) – Robert Badinter, a former French Socialist Justice minister who is best known for his work on the abolition of France’s death penalty in 1981, died on Friday at age 95, French media including TF1 and BFM TV reported.

A Jewish intellectual, whose father died in a German concentration camp, Badinter was a target of hate for the French right, some of it tinged with anti-semitism.

(Reporting by Benoit Van Overstraeten; Editing by Tassilo Hummel)