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Portrait of the former Keeper of the Seals, Robert Badinter, who died at the age of 95, during a tribute at the Ministry of Justice in Paris, February 9, 2024.

A determine of the Mitterrandian left, Robert Badinter nonetheless arouses admiration on the best. The president of the Republicans (LR), Eric Ciotti, expresses his “deep sadness”. “His fight for the abolition of the death penalty will remain engraved in our memories and our institutions,” clarified on X (previously Twitter) the previous candidate within the LR major, who made authority his political marker. The head of his celebration's record for the European elections François-Xavier Bellamy paints the portrait of a person “having shown that politics finds its nobility, not in the opportunism which follows the prevailing winds of opinion, but in the demand for justice which, often against the grain, strives to convince a people”. The chief of the LR senators, Bruno Retailleau, from the conservative Catholic present, emphasizes “the fight for human life” by Robert Badinter, “a talent, a culture and an intelligence put entirely at the service of unshakeable convictions”.

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In current years, Robert Badinter had aroused criticism from the leaders of La France insoumise – as when he was offended in the course of the yellow vest disaster that demonstrators paraded with Emmanuel Macron's head on the top of a pike or when he had denounced “anti-Semitism camouflaged as anti-Zionism » from part of the left. The tribute is also unanimous with the common base of the former lawyer's abolitionist fight. “Tribute to Robert Badinter who brought the country out of darkness with the abolition of the death penalty”, tweeted the pinnacle of the “rebellious” deputies, Mathilde Panot, including a quote from the deceased to her message. “ No matter the disagreements, I have never encountered another being of this nature. He was simply luminous”, provides Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who recollects having served within the Senate alongside Robert Badinter from 1995 to 2011.

A heritage which can also be claimed by the primary secretary of the Socialist Party, Olivier Faure. He shares his “tremendous sadness” the day after the demise of the person who “was the cause of his commitment” in politics. Four months earlier than the European elections, the chief of Europe Ecologie-Les Verts, Marine Tondelier, recollects that Robert Badinter was “a convinced European” whereas the communist deputy, Fabien Roussel describes “an unsinkable rock serving the defense of the values ​​of our Republic”.

Warmth of condolences from the RN

His successors on the head of the establishments pay him a heat tribute. The Minister of Justice, Eric Dupond-Moretti, praises this “ visionary and courageous Keeper of the Seals » who held his position between 1981 and 1986, and whose legacy is “immeasurable”. The president of the constitutional council, Laurent Fabius, whom Mr. Badinter led from 1986 to 1995, was moved by the demise of a good friend “ fifty years old ». The President of the Senate, Gérard Larcher, writes[garder] long in memory [le] speech for the 30the anniversary of the abolition of the death penalty », while his counterpart at the Palais-Bourbon, Yaël Braun-Pivet recalls that “the National Assembly will forever remain the witness of his fight against the death penalty”. “Our rights and freedoms owe him so much”summarized Gabriel Attal on X.

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