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Obituary Subscribers only Roland Dumas, former French foreign affairs minister and Constitutional Council president, has died The son of a Resistance member and a long-time close associate of François Mitterrand, this flamboyant and controversial lawyer was forced to leave the limelight in 2000, due to his involvement in a scandal. He died at age 101 on July 3, 2024.

Published on July 3, 2024, at 6:28 pm (Paris), updated on July 3, 2024, at 6:42 pm Bertrand Le Gendre Raphaëlle Bacqué

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Obituary Subscribers only Ismail Kadare, the great Albanian writer, dies aged 88 He was one of the few Albanian authors known and translated worldwide. He died on Monday in Tirana.

Published on July 1, 2024, at 11:44 am (Paris) Florence Noiville

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News Acclaimed Albanian writer Ismail Kadare dies aged 88 He was often tipped to win a Nobel prize for his towering body of work which delved into his country's myths and history to dissect the mechanisms of totalitarianism.

Published on July 1, 2024, at 10:10 am (Paris), updated on July 1, 2024, at 10:12 am Le Monde with AFP

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News Donald Sutherland, 'M.A.S.H.' and 'The Hunger Games' actor, dies aged 88 Donald Sutherland, the prolific film and television actor whose long career stretched from 'The Dirty Dozen' to 'The Hunger Games,' has passed away, as announced by his son, actor Kiefer Sutherland.

Published on June 20, 2024, at 8:03 pm (Paris) Le Monde with AFP

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Obituary Anouk Aimée, star of 'La Dolce Vita' and 'A Man and a Woman,' has died In a career spanning more than 70 years, she starred in 74 films and TV series and received prestigious awards. Her daughter announced that she had died on Tuesday, June 18, aged 92.

Published on June 18, 2024, at 3:32 pm (Paris), updated on June 18, 2024, at 6:17 pm Noémie Luciani

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News Anouk Aimée, French cinema icon, dies aged 92 Aimée's filmography includes Claude Lelouch's 'A Man and a Woman' (1966), for which she got an Oscar nomination, and Federico Fellini's 'La Dolce Vita' (1960).

Published on June 18, 2024, at 1:19 pm (Paris), updated on June 18, 2024, at 4:17 pm Le Monde

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Obituary Subscribers only French architect Paul Chemetov has died A major figure in French architecture and urban planning, the architect died in Paris on June 16, aged 95. He was notably behind the design of France's Ministry of Economy and the renovation of the Grand Gallery of Evolution at the National Museum of Natural History.

Published on June 17, 2024, at 11:14 pm (Paris), updated on June 18, 2024, at 9:08 am Jean-Jacques Larrochelle

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Obituary Subscribers only With Jerry West's death, the NBA loses its 'Logo' He was a player, a coach and then the manager of the Los Angeles Lakers, with whom he won five NBA titles in the 1980s. West, who died on June 12, aged 86, and whose silhouette became the symbol of the American league, embodied American basketball for six decades.

Published on June 13, 2024, at 11:19 pm (Paris), updated on June 14, 2024, at 8:25 am Clément Martel

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Video Françoise Hardy: Looking back on her greatest musical hits The French singer of 'Comment te dire adieu' and 'Message personnel' died at age 80 on June 11, after battling cancer for years.

Published on June 12, 2024, at 11:56 am (Paris) Le Monde's video desk 02:04

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Obituary Subscribers only Pop culture icon Françoise Hardy has died The singer died on June 11, at the age of 80. The star of the yéyé years leaves a legacy of masterpieces for French chanson.

Published on June 12, 2024, at 5:54 am (Paris), updated on June 12, 2024, at 10:17 am Véronique Mortaigne

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News Christophe Deloire, secretary general of Reporters Without Borders, has died The face of the press freedom NGO passed away on Saturday at the age of 53 'as a result of fast-spreading cancer,' the organization announced.

Published on June 8, 2024, at 7:51 pm (Paris), updated on June 8, 2024, at 8:33 pm Brice Laemle

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News Former Apollo 8 astronaut who took iconic Earthrise photo has died in a small plane crash The Apollo 8 mission in December 1968 was the first human spaceflight to leave low-Earth orbit and travel to the moon and back. William Anders died on June 7. He was 90.

Published on June 8, 2024, at 2:32 am (Paris), updated on June 8, 2024, at 5:07 am Le Monde with AP

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News French artist Ben dies by suicide after wife's death The artist, best known for his painted slogans, has died aged 88. He was associated with the Fluxus movement of the 1960s that sought to disrupt what counted as art, with a style of street-based, provocative irony that proved highly influential.

Published on June 6, 2024, at 1:46 am (Paris), updated on June 6, 2024, at 9:34 am Le Monde with AFP

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Obituary Subscribers only Geneviève de Galard, the 'Angel of Dien Bien Phu,' dies at 99 The staunch Catholic was an air transport nurse in the hell of the First Indochina War. Celebrated at the end of the conflict for her courage and self-sacrifice, then gradually forgotten, Geneviève de Galard died on Thursday, May 30.

Published on May 31, 2024, at 2:20 pm (Paris), updated on May 31, 2024, at 2:31 pm Benoît Hopquin

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News 'Mary Poppins' and 'It's a Small World' composer Richard Sherman dies at 95 Sherman, together with his late brother Robert, won two Academy Awards for Walt Disney's 1964 smash 'Mary Poppins.'

Published on May 26, 2024, at 12:53 am (Paris) Le Monde with AP

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Obituary Subscribers only Ebrahim Raisi, a docile Iranian president, loyal to the supreme leader The 63-year-old ultraconservative cleric died in a helicopter crash on Sunday. He was elected president of the Islamic Republic in 2021 after a failed bid in 2017, and enjoyed a lightning rise marked by the implementation of the regime's repressive policies.

Published on May 20, 2024, at 6:53 pm (Paris), updated on May 21, 2024, at 9:26 am Ghazal Golshiri

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Obituary Subscribers only Jean-Claude Gaudin, longtime mayor of Marseille, has died The politician, who died on May 20 at the age of 84, was elected to lead the city of Marseille without interruption from 1995 to 2020.

Published on May 20, 2024, at 12:55 pm (Paris), updated on May 20, 2024, at 1:00 pm Gilles Rof

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Obituary Subscribers only Renaud Van Ruymbeke, French magistrate who investigated major political and corruption cases, has died Over a career spanning decades, Van Ruymbeke became an icon of the fight against corruption.

Published on May 11, 2024, at 2:01 pm (Paris), updated on May 12, 2024, at 2:40 pm Fabrice Lhomme

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News Cartoonist and Bataclan attack survivor Fred Dewilde dies by suicide Nine years after the November 13, 2015, attacks, the author of several graphic novels depicting his trauma died by suicide.

Published on May 9, 2024, at 10:37 pm (Paris), updated on May 10, 2024, at 8:00 am Soren Seelow

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News Steve Albini, musician and producer for Nirvana, the Pixies and PJ Harvey, is dead at 61 The alternative rock pioneer behind many of the genre's classics died of a heart attack Tuesday night.

Published on May 9, 2024, at 1:11 am (Paris), updated on May 9, 2024, at 7:16 am Le Monde with AP

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News 'Lord of the Rings' actor Bernard Hill dies aged 79 Known for roles in 'Titanic' and 'The Lord of the Rings' trilogy, the actor's death on Sunday was confirmed by his agent.

Published on May 5, 2024, at 5:28 pm (Paris) Le Monde with AFP

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News Frank Stella, leading American artist, dies at 87 Frank Stella, an American painter who became a dominant figure in postwar American art, notably with early minimalist works, died on Saturday, May 4.

Published on May 5, 2024, at 2:30 am (Paris), updated on May 5, 2024, at 2:32 am Le Monde with AFP

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Obituary Subscribers only The great American writer Paul Auster, author of 'Moon Palace' and 'Leviathan,' has died The poet, critic, novelist, essayist, screenwriter, and writer became famous for his New York tales filled with marginal, disoriented characters. A master in the art of storytelling, he passed away at his Brooklyn home on Tuesday evening.

Published on May 1, 2024, at 1:09 pm (Paris), updated on May 1, 2024, at 1:10 pm Denis Cosnard

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News Paul Auster, US author of 'The New York Trilogy,' dies aged 77 The prolific novelist and screenwriter, who gained cult status in the 80s and 90s, wrote more than 30 books that have been translated into more than 40 languages.

Published on May 1, 2024, at 7:52 am (Paris) Le Monde with AFP

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Obituary Subscribers only Laurent Cantet, humanist filmmaker who subtly wove social issues and romantic stakes Winner of the Palme d'Or at Cannes in 2008 with 'The Class,' the director also distinguished himself by turning the corporate world into a cinematic stage with 'Human Resources' in 2000. He died on Thursday, April 25, at the age of 63.

Published on April 26, 2024, at 5:22 pm (Paris) Jacques Mandelbaum

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News French priest accused of sexually assaulting Inuit children dies Joannes Rivoire was sought by Canada for sexually abusing Inuit children more than 30 years ago but avoided extradition and prosecution. He died in a nursing home France at age 93, after a long illness.

Published on April 13, 2024, at 10:35 am (Paris) Le Monde with AFP

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Obituary Subscribers only The death of OJ Simpson, a fallen icon and controversial figure in American society Accused of murdering his ex-wife, the former American football star was the main protagonist in a 1995 trial that became a trial of the racism of the Los Angeles police and the biases of American society.

Published on April 12, 2024, at 10:42 pm (Paris), updated on April 13, 2024, at 3:48 pm Corine Lesnes

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News Italian fashion designer Roberto Cavalli dies at 83 The Italian-born designer became renowned in the early 1970s for his animal prints and bold designs that remained his trademark throughout his long career.

Published on April 12, 2024, at 8:56 pm (Paris), updated on April 13, 2024, at 11:36 am Le Monde with AFP

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Obituary Trina Robbins, comic book author and feminist historian, has died at 85 In addition to writing for 'Wonder Woman,' the comic artist was relentless in her efforts to highlight the frequently minimized role of women in comic book history.

Published on April 11, 2024, at 10:57 pm (Paris), updated on April 12, 2024, at 7:27 am Pierre Trouvé Pauline Croquet

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News OJ Simpson, ex-NFL star aquitted in the 'trial of the century', dies aged 76 According to a statement by his family, the former football player, who was aquitted of his wife and her friend's murder in 1995, died of cancer.

Published on April 11, 2024, at 4:54 pm (Paris), updated on April 11, 2024, at 5:55 pm Le Monde with AP and AFP

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Obituary Subscribers only Physicist Peter Higgs, father of the boson, has died In 2013, the British scientist was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for having predicted as early as 1964 the existence of a particle finally discovered in 2012 at the European Organization for Nuclear Research.

Published on April 10, 2024, at 5:38 am (Paris), updated on April 10, 2024, at 1:35 pm Hervé Morin

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News Peter Higgs, Nobel-winning physicist who proposed existence of 'God particle', dies at 94 The University of Edinburgh said he died on Monday "peacefully at home following a short illness." The physicist won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work that helped explain how matter formed after the Big Bang.

Published on April 9, 2024, at 7:07 pm (Paris) Le Monde with AP

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Obituary Subscribers only Alexis Gruss, the patriarch of French circus, has died From his first show in 1974, to 2024, when his company won its highest award at the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo, Gruss left his mark on equestrian circus. He died on Saturday, April 6, aged 79.

Published on April 7, 2024, at 1:26 pm (Paris) Rosita Boisseau

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Obituary Subscribers only Maryse Condé, prolific Guadeloupean writer, dies aged 90 The Caribbean 'giant of literature,' who examined the Black diaspora throughout her vast writing career, died at the age of 90 on Monday.

Published on April 2, 2024, at 11:59 am (Paris), updated on April 2, 2024, at 12:31 pm Gladys Marivat

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News Louis Gossett Jr., first Black man to win supporting actor Oscar, dies at 87 Gossett got his breakthrough on the show 'Roots,' for which he won an Emmy, and later for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe for 'An Officer and a Gentleman.'

Published on March 29, 2024, at 2:46 pm (Paris), updated on March 29, 2024, at 3:26 pm Le Monde with AP

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Obituary Subscribers only Claude Alphandéry, Resistance hero and socially-engaged economist, has died The Communist activist turned senior civil servant, then president of France's leading bank specializing in public housing, had an exceptional career. The founder of the France Active solidarity finance network died on March 26, aged 101.

Published on March 27, 2024, at 9:40 am (Paris) Jérôme Porier

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News Richard Serra, the 'poet of iron,' has died at 85 The American artist was renowned for his towering, curving sculptures made of rusting steel. He died of pneumonia at his home in Long Island, according to his lawyer.

Published on March 27, 2024, at 3:04 am (Paris), updated on March 27, 2024, at 8:15 am Le Monde with AP and AFP

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News French artist Laurent de Brunhoff, an author and illustrator of 'Babar', dies at 98 Created in 1931 by de Brunhoff's parents, the Babar series has sold millions of copies around the world and has been translated into over a dozen languages.

Published on March 23, 2024, at 4:27 am (Paris), updated on March 23, 2024, at 1:52 pm Le Monde with AFP

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Obituary Subscribers only Frédéric Mitterrand, ex-French culture minister and nephew of former president, has died The nephew of former president François Mitterrand was a figure of television, cinema, and literature, and served in government under Nicolas Sarkozy. He died onMarch 21, at the age of76.

Published on March 21, 2024, at 8:02 pm (Paris), updated on March 22, 2024, at 9:33 am Clarisse Fabre Nicole Vulser

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News M. Emmet Walsh, 'Blood Simple,' 'Blade Runner', 'Knives Out' actor, dies at 88 Walsh died from cardiac arrest on Tuesday at a hospital in Vermont.

Published on March 21, 2024, at 12:14 am (Paris), updated on March 21, 2024, at 7:33 am Le Monde with AP

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Document Subscribers only Philippe de Gaulle: 'I never saw my father feel like laughing out loud' In the 2003 book about Charles de Gaulle, his son Philippe, who died on March 13, lifted the veil on some little-known facts about the former president's political and family life.

Published on March 13, 2024, at 10:18 am (Paris) Le Monde

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Obituary Philippe de Gaulle, son of Charles de Gaulle, has died aged 102 His father was the leader of the Resistance during World War II and later the president of France. Despite a distinguished career as an admiral in the Navy, Philippe de Gaulle, who died on Tuesday night, lived much of his life in a historical figure's shadow.

Published on March 13, 2024, at 8:52 am (Paris), updated on March 13, 2024, at 11:09 am Bertrand Le Gendre

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Obituary Subscribers only Akira Toriyama, the self-taught manga creator who just wanted to draw what he liked The author of "Dr. Slump" and "Dragon Ball," an icon of the manga industry, has died aged 68. He leaves behind a body of work as inventive as it was frustrating.

Published on March 8, 2024, at 8:33 pm (Paris) William Audureau

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News Akira Toriyama, creator of hit manga 'Dragon Ball,' has died Toriyama, 68, is a titan of Japan's manga industry, with 'Dragon Ball' having sold at least 260 million copies worldwide since its creation in 1984. He died on March 1.

Published on March 8, 2024, at 7:54 am (Paris), updated on March 8, 2024, at 9:50 am Le Monde with AFP

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Obituary Subscribers only Edward Bond, British playwright, has died Bond, one of the most significant authors of the second half of the 20th century, wrote plays inspired by Shakespeare and Greek tragedies addressing the processes of violence in our societies. He died on March 3, aged 89.

Published on March 5, 2024, at 11:48 am (Paris), updated on March 5, 2024, at 12:18 pm Fabienne Darge

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Obituary Subscribers only Zong Qinghou, once China's richest man, has died The founder of the Wahaha beverage group was once the richest man in his country. The way he competed with Danone remains a textbook case of how difficult it is to do business in China. He passed away on February 25, 2024. He was 79.

Published on March 5, 2024, at 9:12 am (Paris) Harold Thibault

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News Iris Apfel, known for her eye-catching style and her black-rimmed glasses, dies at 102 The textile expert, interior designer, and fashion celebrity once said: 'I'm not pretty, (...) but it doesn't matter, I have something much better. I have style.'

Published on March 2, 2024, at 3:24 am (Paris), updated on March 2, 2024, at 3:38 am Le Monde with AP

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News Ex-Canadian PM Brian Mulroney has died Brian Mulroney, Canada's 18th prime minister, known as one of the architects of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), passed away on Thursday. He was 84 years old.

Published on March 1, 2024, at 1:19 am (Paris), updated on March 1, 2024, at 8:45 am Le Monde with AFP

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News Award-winning Italian director Paolo Taviani dies at 92 The filmmaker had collaborated with his elder brother on around fifteen feature films, including 'Padre Padrone,' which won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1977.

Published on February 29, 2024, at 10:28 pm (Paris), updated on March 1, 2024, at 8:36 am Le Monde with AFP

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News Richard Lewis, acclaimed comedian, 'Curb Your Enthusiasm' actor, dies at 76 With his trademark black attire and unruly shock of hair, Lewis brought a unique blend of self-deprecation and existential angst to the comedy stage.

Published on February 28, 2024, at 10:46 pm (Paris), updated on February 29, 2024, at 8:08 am Le Monde with AP

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Obituary Subscribers only Alexei Navalny, a life of resistance and sacrifice The main opponent of Russian President Vladimir Putin had survived a poisoning attempt in 2020. When he returned to his country after months of recovery in Germany, he knew he would end up in prison. He died there on Friday, aged 47.

Published on February 16, 2024, at 8:19 pm (Paris), updated on February 16, 2024, at 8:27 pm Benoît Vitkine

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Long Read Subscribers only Macron declares Badinter will be inducted to Panthéon, in agreement with family On Wednesday, the French president led a national tribute to former justice minister Robert Badinter, who championed the abolition of the death penalty in France.

Published on February 15, 2024, at 10:42 am (Paris) Nathalie Segaunes

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Op-Ed Subscribers only 'Robert Badinter brought a judicial culture steeped in history into the democratic age' Judge Denis Salas writes that the former justice minister always linked his taste for archives to the struggles of his time, demonstrating how immediate reforms are enriched and informed by extensive heritage.

Published on February 11, 2024, at 11:33 am (Paris) Denis Salas

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Op-Ed Subscribers only 'Robert Badinter saw constitutional courts as a bulwark against populism' Dominique Rousseau writes that the lessons dear to the former president of the French Constitutional Council still resonate today.

Published on February 10, 2024, at 3:30 pm (Paris), updated on February 10, 2024, at 3:32 pm Dominique Rousseau

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In Depth Subscribers only Macron pays tribute to Badinter in front of graduating judges During a visit to a judges' school in Bordeaux, the French president expressed his 'admiration' and 'affection' for the former justice minister who abolished the death penalty.

Published on February 10, 2024, at 12:19 pm (Paris) Claire Gatinois

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Editorial Robert Badinter, a just man for posterity The former French justice minister died on Friday. It is salutary to recall his righteousness and intransigence at a time when France's interior minister is pitting politics against law, the role of the Constitutional Council is being challenged, and prison overcrowding is reaching worrying records.

Published on February 10, 2024, at 11:47 am (Paris), updated on February 10, 2024, at 11:48 am Le Monde

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News Politicians react to death of former French justice minister Robert Badinter, who ended death penalty French President Emmanuel Macron described him as a 'person of the century' who 'never stopped pleading for enlightenment.'

Published on February 9, 2024, at 12:47 pm (Paris), updated on March 25, 2024, at 9:49 am Le Monde with AFP

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Obituary Subscribers only Robert Badinter, who abolished the death penalty in France, has died The intangible, universal vision of human rights held by the former justice minister permeated his writings and opinions until the end of his life. He died in Paris on February 9, at 95 years of age.

Published on February 9, 2024, at 12:22 pm (Paris), updated on February 9, 2024, at 7:46 pm Bertrand Le Gendre Franck Johannès

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News Sebastian Piñera, former Chilean president, dies in a helicopter crash Piñera, 74, served two non-consecutive terms in office, between 2010 and 2014 and again from 2018 to 2022.

Published on February 6, 2024, at 10:23 pm (Paris), updated on February 7, 2024, at 3:10 am Le Monde with AFP

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Obituary Subscribers only Vittorio Emanuele of Savoy, son of Italy's last king, has died Banned from Italy for over half a century, the head of the House of Savoy was able to return to Rome in 2002. He died on February 3, at his home in Geneva, Switzerland.

Published on February 6, 2024, at 2:21 pm (Paris), updated on February 6, 2024, at 2:21 pm Olivier Bonnel

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