French Woman Convicted of Killing ‘Monster’ Abuser, Set Free

The case had drawn broad attention and support for the defendant amid a national reckoning with long-held taboos around domestic abuse.

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Valerie Bacot, center, arrives with relatives at the Chalon-sur-Saone courthouse, central France, Thursday, June 24, 2021. Valerie Bacot is on trial in France for killing her husband after decades of sexual, physical and psychological abuse starting when she was an adolescent, in a case that has drawn broad attention and support for Bacot amid a national reckoning with long-held taboos around domestic abuse. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)
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CHALON-SUR-SAONE, France (AP) — A French mother of four was sentenced to one year in prison Friday for killing her husband after decades of sexual, physical and psychological abuse starting when she was an adolescent. The verdict allows her to walk free, as she has already served time in preventive detention. The case had drawn broad attention and support for the defendant amid a national reckoning with long-held taboos around domestic abuse. Valerie Bacot, 40,…

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