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Hamida Djandoubi

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Cause of death
Executed by guillotine

Other names
"Pimp Killer"

Criminal penalty
Capital punishment

Criminal charge
Hamida Djandoubi

Resting place
Cimetiere Saint-Pierre

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1949 (age 27)
French Tunisia

Criminal status
Executed by guillotine on September 10, 1977

10 September 1977 (aged 27) Baumettes prison, Marseille, French Republic

Eugen Weidmann, Jérôme Carrein, Marcel Chevalier

Hamida Djandoubi - L'ultimo ghigliottinato di Francia

Hamida Djandoubi (Arabic: حميدة جندوبي‎) (c. 1949 – 10 September 1977) was the last person to be executed in France, and the last person legally executed by beheading in the Western world. He was a Tunisian immigrant who had been convicted of the torture and murder of 21-year-old Elisabeth Bousquet in Marseille. Marcel Chevalier served as chief executioner.


Hamida Djandoubi looking at the ground while wearing a coat and inner shirt


Early life

Born in Tunisia in 1949, in 1968 Djandoubi started living in Marseille and working in a grocery store. He went on to work as a landscaper but had a workplace accident in 1971 that resulted in the loss of two thirds of his right leg.

Hamida Djandoubi is accompanied by a French police officer to his execution while he is wearing a coat, inner shirt, and pants

In 1973, a 21-year-old woman named Elisabeth Bousquet, whom Djandoubi had met in the hospital while recovering from his amputation, filed a complaint against him, stating that he had tried to force her into prostitution.

Murder of Elisabeth Bousquet

Hamida Djandoubi looking at the ground while wearing a coat and inner shirt

After his arrest and eventual release from custody during the spring of 1973, Djandoubi drew two other young girls into his confidence and then forced them to "work" for him. In July 1974, he kidnapped Bousquet and took her into his home where, in full view of the terrified girls, he beat the woman before stubbing a lit cigarette all over her breasts and genital area. Bousquet survived the ordeal so Djandoubi took her by car to the outskirts of Marseille and strangled her there.

Recreation of the night when Hamida Djandoubi killed Élisabeth Bousquet

On his return Djandoubi warned the two girls to say nothing of what they had seen. Bousquet's body was discovered in a shed by a boy on 7 July 1974. One month later, Djandoubi kidnapped another girl who managed to escape and report him to police.

Trial and execution

After a lengthy pre-trial process, Djandoubi eventually appeared in court in Aix-en-Provence on charges of torture-murder, Rape and premeditated violence on 25 February 1977. His main defense revolved around the supposed effects of the amputation of his leg six years earlier which his lawyer claimed had driven him to a paroxysm of alcohol abuse and violence, turning him into a different man.

On 25 February he was condemned to death. An appeal against his sentence was rejected on 9 June, and in the early morning of 10 September 1977, Djandoubi was informed that he, like the child murderers Christian Ranucci (guillotined on 28 July 1976) and Jerome Carrein (guillotined on 23 June 1977), had not received a reprieve from President Valery Giscard d'Estaing. Shortly afterwards, at 4:40 a.m., he was executed by guillotine at Baumettes Prison in Marseille.

While Djandoubi was the last person executed in France, he was not the last condemned. No more executions occurred after capital punishment was abolished in France in 1981 following the election of Francois Mitterrand.


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