Referring to France, a recentarticle in the UNESCO Courier noted that "action by courageous politicalleaders has been needed to overcome local public opinion that has remainedmostly in favour of the death penalty." When a 1997 poll showed that 49percent of Swedes wanted the death penalty reinstated, the country's justiceminister told a reporter: "They don't really want the death penalty; theyare objecting to the increasing violence.


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