Robert Badinter was France’s Minister of Justice from 1981, when he was instrumental in abolishing the death penalty, to 1986, and President of the Constitutional Council from 1986 to 1995. The article in the August 13, 2015 issue originally appeared in Le Monde. (August 2015)

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France: The Return of Anti-Semitism

Jewish deportees at the Drancy transit camp outside Paris, 1942
The following is a translation of a talk given by the former French minister of justice in Lyon last February. I have come many times in the past to Lyon to commemorate the roundup of Jews on February 9, 1943, in the rue Sainte-Catherine, a place that is still so …