Keyword: executions

Former French hostage says IS captives do not know they are about to die

Didier François, released by IS earlier this year, said repeated mock executions leave hostages unaware of when the jihadists decide to kill.

When François Mitterrand ordered deaths of 45 Algerians

François Mitterrand. © DR François Mitterrand. © DR

Former socialist president François Mitterrand, under whom the death penalty was eventually abolished in France, ordered the execution of 45 Algerian prisoners when he was justice minister during the 1954-1962 Algerian independence war. This and other little-known facts about Mitterrand's ruthless stance against Algerian nationalists are detailed in a French television documentary based on a book co-authored by historian Benjamin Stora, interviewed here by Mediapart.