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French woman who killed her abusive, incestuous husband freed by presidential pardon

Jacqueline Sauvage (YouTube)

Jacqueline Sauvage, a 69-year-old woman who had been serving a 10-year sentence for murdering her husband, was freed from jail on Wednesday after French President Francois Hollande decided to issue her a second pardon calling for her immediate release.

Hollande had awarded Sauvage a partial pardon in January after meeting with her three daughters, who said that their alcoholic father had repeatedly raped and abused them as well as their mother. Sauvage’s murder of her husband came a day after her son committed suicide, whom she said had also suffered abuse at her husband’s hands. Despite Hollande’s partial pardon, courts had twice rejected Sauvage’s plea for parole.

Campaigners hailed the decision to free Sauvage, who was seen leaving the prison on Wednesday morning in a car with her three daughters. The pardon was, however, criticized by Virginie Duval, the head of the French union of magistrates, who argued that the president had flouted the law in order “to please public opinion.” For more on Hollande’s controversial pardon of Sauvage, watch the video below:

Read the full story at BBC News.

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