Murder (French law)

In the French penal code, murder is defined by the intentional killing of another person. Murder is punishable by[1] a maximum of 30 years of criminal imprisonment (no more than 20 years if the defendant is not sentenced to 30 years).[2]Assassination (murder with premeditation)[3] and murder in some special case (if the victim is a child under 15, parents, people with disabilities, police officer, etc.)[4] are punished by a jail term up to life imprisonment (no more than 30 years if the defendant is not sentenced to life).

Except for recidivists,[5] the minimum sentence in criminal prosecutions is one or two years' imprisonment, which may be suspended if the sentence is under 5 years.[6] Manslaughter is punishable by 15 years' imprisonment, or 20 years if aggravating circumstances exist (which are the same as those that would make a murderer eligible for life in prison).

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  1. ^ "Article 132-18". Legifrance. Retrieved 2007-11-09.
  2. ^ "Article 221-1". Legifrance. Archived from the original on 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2007-10-23.
  3. ^ "Article 221-2". Legifrance. Archived from the original on 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2007-10-23.
  4. ^ "Article 221-3". Legifrance. Archived from the original on 2007-11-02. Retrieved 2007-10-23.
  5. ^ The French Parliament. "Loi n° 2007-1198 du 10 août 2007 renforçant la lutte contre la récidive des majeurs et des mineurs". French Criminal Law (in French). Legifrance. Retrieved 2007-11-01.
  6. ^ The French Parliament. "Paragraph 1 - Conditions for the granting of ordinary suspension". French Criminal Law. Legifrance. Retrieved 2007-11-01.