The French major daily Le Monde published an article condemning the U.S. use of the death penalty, especially in the case of death row inmate Kenneth Foster. From Workers.org:
Le Monde also covered the broader use of the death penalty in the United States and that Texas carried out 139 executions while now-President George W. Bush was governor of the state. This focus on Bush might have been inspired by a desire to tarnish French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s vacation in New England and his lunch with Bush around the date of the article.
Other major French papers, including “Marianne,” picked up the story after the Le Monde coverage.
No country in the European Union has the death penalty. Public opinion in France is dead set against it and it is a nonissue in French elections. Just a few far right, racist and xenophobic politicians openly support executions.
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