French court rejects 'homicide' of unborn foetus

17th February 2005, Comments 0 comments

METZ, France, Feb 17 (AFP) - A French appeals court on Thursday ruled that an unborn foetus does not constitute a human life under the law, refusing to recognise the killing of a pregnant woman as a double homicide.

METZ, France, Feb 17 (AFP) - A French appeals court on Thursday ruled that an unborn foetus does not constitute a human life under the law, refusing to recognise the killing of a pregnant woman as a double homicide.

In a widely followed case, the court in the northeastern city of Metz confirmed the conviction of Kevin Germon, a 30 year-old van-driver who was sentenced to a year in jail in May last year for causing the death of Florinda Braganca, 34.

Braganca's widower took the case to appeal, asking for Germon to be convicted of two "involuntary homicides" because his wife was 22 weeks pregnant when she died in the crash on the A30 motorway in October 2003.

Germon was found to have been smoking cannabis before he lost control of his vehicle.

However the appeal judge confirmed the lower court ruling, which was in line with French legal precedent, that only a single person had been killed.

© AFP

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