Annual Report: France 2010

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May 28, 2010

Annual Report: France 2010

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Head of state Nicolas Sarkozy
Head of government François Fillon
Death penalty abolitionist for all crimes
Population 62.3 million
Life expectancy 81 years
Under-5 mortality (m/f) 5/4 per 1,000

Allegations of police ill-treatment and excessive use of force continued. Disciplinary procedures and criminal investigations into such incidents continued to fall short of international standards. Hundreds of migrants and asylum-seekers, including unaccompanied minors, were forcibly evicted from makeshift housing in Calais. Three Afghan nationals were forcibly returned to Afghanistan. Two released Guantánamo Bay detainees were granted residency in France. There were concerns that two new police databases could undermine the presumption of innocence. Legislative reforms threatened to weaken the independent oversight of law enforcement agencies.

Police and security forces

Ill-treatment and excessive use of force by police were alleged, including in at least one fatal incident. Investigations conducted by law enforcement bodies and judicial authorities into such allegations often appeared to lack independence and impartiality and were slow to progress.