Guillotine: Everyone Sentence To Death In France

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At that time, executions in France were public events. The poor were usually hanged and at times the entire town would gather to watch. Upper-class criminals had a less painful death, usually by sword or axe. Guillotine argued for a painless and private capital punishment method equal for all the classes, and completely banning the death penalty and cruel tortures. It was not until 1791 that a law was passed that everyone sentence to death in France should be guillotine.
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