Woman who killed allegedly violent spouse earns pardon
PARIS | A French woman who was convicted of shooting and killing her allegedly violent husband was granted a presidential pardon on Wednesday in a case that drew public attention to the issue of domestic abuse.
Two hours after President Francois Hollande pardoned her, 69-year-old Jacqueline Sauvage was seen leaving a prison southeast of Paris in a dark gray sedan after spending more than three years behind bars.
Two different juries sentenced Mrs. Sauvage to 10 years in prison for fatally shooting her husband, Norbert Marot, three times in the back with a hunting rifle in 2012. During the trials in 2014 and 2015, she said her late husband had beaten her for 47 years.