Q: What is your reaction to the announcement of the death sentence handed down against Melissa Lucio in the United States?
A: Following the announcement of Melissa Lucio’s death sentence, Texas has scheduled her execution for April 27.
France calls on the appropriate U.S. authorities to stay this execution. We reiterate our unwavering opposition to the death penalty everywhere and in all circumstances. France remains resolutely committed to the universal abolition of this unjust, cruel and ineffective punishment. We call on all nations that still have the death penalty to establish a moratorium on it with the goal of its ultimate abolition.