France Mobilizes Over Georgia Death Row Inmate

Published On: Oct 14 2011 02:30:37 PM EDT
Updated On: Jul 09 2009 04:30:43 AM EDT
PARIS -

A French government envoy has met with a Georgia death row inmate's sister and said France is mobilized for Troy Davis' case.

Davis' fate has drawn worldwide attention. He was convicted in 1991 of killing a Savannah police officer.

Davis was convicted of killing Officer Mark MacPhail, who was shot and killed in 1989 while moonlighting as a security guard at a Savannah bus station. He rushed to help a homeless man who had been pistol-whipped and was shot twice when he approached Davis and two other men.

Supporters say Davis deserves a new trial after several witnesses took back their testimony.

France has no capital punishment and has campaigned for its abolition worldwide.

France's Foreign Ministry said in a statement Thursday that the government's human rights ambassador, Francois Zimeray, met with Davis' sister in Washington on Wednesday.

The statement says Zimeray expressed "our solidarity and our determination to remain mobilized in favor of Troy Davis."

Davis' supporters include former President Jimmy Carter and Pope Benedict XVI.

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