Q : Is France prepared to pay the Iraqi authorities as they are demanding to commute the death sentences of French jihadist fighters to life in prison?
A : We have received no such demand. As the minister noted, we respect the sovereignty of the Iraqi state including that of its legal institutions, which have jurisdiction to judge French fighters belonging to Daesh. Three women detained in Iraq have already been given life sentences.
On the other hand, with respect to any death sentences that may be handed down, the Iraqi authorities know that we are opposed to capital punishment everywhere and in all circumstances, and that that is an intangible principle. We have told them so and will steadfastly continue to do so. We are asking them to commute death sentences handed down against French nationals.
That is the purpose of our discussions with the Iraqi authorities on this issue.