France

The guillotine declared France’s official means of execution

March 20, 1792 France The guillotine is declared the official means of execution in France Though beheading machines existed before the guillotine, with documentation existing as far back as 1307 in Ireland, the French refined the design and were the first to implement it as an official means of execution. Originally, the machine was dubbed… Continue reading The guillotine declared France’s official means of execution

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French gangster and Public Enemy No. 1 executed

February 28, 1956 Paris, France Émile Buisson (54, pictured at 33 years old) is executed for murder Buisson made his first court appearance at the age of 9 and first served time in jail at the age of 16. From 1947 to 1951, Buisson formed a gang and perpetrated enough crimes to earn himself the… Continue reading French gangster and Public Enemy No. 1 executed

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Man executed for promising Jews safe passage out of Nazi-occupied France, then murdering them to steal their possession

May 25, 1946 Paris, France Dr. Marcel Petiot is executed for murdering Jews he claimed he was helping escape from Nazi-occupied France Petiot’s past was dotted with various misdeeds, including the possible murder of his lover, insurance fraud, purposefully giving his patients unnecessary addictive substances to keep them as repeat customers, and embezzling from a… Continue reading Man executed for promising Jews safe passage out of Nazi-occupied France, then murdering them to steal their possession

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France’s last execution by guillotine

September 10, 1977 Marseille, France Hamida Djandoubi becomes the last person executed by guillotine and the last person to be executed in Western Europe Djandoubi was convicted of the murder of a 21-year-old woman who had filed a complaint stating Djandoubi has tried to force her into prostitution. On July 3, 1974, he kidnapped the… Continue reading France’s last execution by guillotine