United Nations

Convention against Torture
and Other Cruel, Inhuman
or Degrading Treatment
or Punishment

Distr.: General
20 May 2010
Original: French

Committee against Torture
Forty-fourth session
26 April–14 May 2010

Consideration of reports submitted by States parties under
article 19 of the Convention
Concluding observations of the Committee against Torture

The Committee against Torture considered the consolidated fourth to sixth periodic
reports of France (CAT/C/FRA/4-6) at its 928th and 931st meetings, held on 27 and 28
April 2010 (CAT/C/SR.928 and 931), and adopted the following concluding observations
at its 946th meeting, held on 10 May 2010 (CAT/C/SR.946).


The Committee welcomes the consolidated fourth to sixth periodic reports of
France, which broadly comply with the guidelines on the form and content of periodic
The Committee appreciated the quality of France’s well documented written replies
to the list of issues (CAT/C/FRA/Q/4-6 and Add.1) and the additional information provided
orally during the consideration of the report. The Committee also appreciated the
constructive dialogue that took place with the delegation representing the State party and
thanks it for its clear and straightforward answers to the questions raised by Committee


Positive aspects

The Committee takes note with satisfaction of:

The State party’s ratification of the Optional Protocol to the Convention and
the related establishment, under the Act of 30 October 2007, of the post of InspectorGeneral (Contrôleur général) of places of deprivation of liberty, which constitutes a
national preventive mechanism within the meaning of the Optional Protocol;

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