A day to terminate death penalty
France’s commitment in favor of the universal abolition of the death penalty has been determined and constant. This combat constitutes one of its priorities with regards to Human Rights at the international level. It also represents a priority in the European Union’s joint action.
The European Union and France consider the death penalty as cruel and inhuman and its abolition contributes to protecting the right to life. No legal system is immune from judicial error, which may lead to the irreparable loss of human life. Finally, the death penalty makes no useful contribution to combatting crime. It has no preventive value; instead, it constitutes a symbol of the justice system’s failure.