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France 'mobilised' to save national from Indonesian firing squad

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Serge Atlaoui at one of his court appearances Reuters/Beawiharta

The French government has declared a "total mobilisation" to save Serge Atlaoui after an Indonesian court rejected his appeal against a death sentence on drug trafficking charges.


The 51-year-old Atlaoui's lawyers had been challenging President Joko Widodo's refusal to grant him clemency, saying the leader had not properly considered his case.

He had been due to be put to death with seven other foreign drug offenders two months ago but won a temporary reprieve after Paris intervened, with authorities agreeing to let his appeal run its course.

"The mobilisation of the French diplomatic service to save Serge Atlaoui is total," junior minister for European affairs Harlem Désir told France 2 television on Monday morning after the news that his appeal had failed came through.

Atlaoui's lawyers said they had found other ways to save him from the firing squad without giving any details.