Thu., July 9, 2009 3:45pm (EDT)

French Officials Meet with Georgia Death Row Inmate's Sister
By Associated Press
Updated: 5 years ago

WASHINGTON  —  
Troy Anthony Davis supporters now include the French government, who sent officials to meet with his sister. (photo by Georgia Department of Corrections)
Troy Anthony Davis supporters now include the French government, who sent officials to meet with his sister. (photo by Georgia Department of Corrections)
A French government envoy has met with a Georgia death row inmate's sister and said France is mobilized for Troy Davis' case.

Davis' fate has drawn worldwide attention. He was convicted in 1991 of killing a police officer. Supporters say he deserves a new trial after several witnesses took back their testimony.

France has no capital punishment and has campaigned for its abolition worldwide.

France's Foreign Ministry said in a statement Thursday that the government's human rights ambassador, Francois Zimeray, met with Davis' sister in Washington on Wednesday.

The statement says Zimeray expressed "our solidarity and our determination to remain mobilized in favor of Troy Davis."

Davis' supporters include former President Jimmy Carter and Pope Benedict XVI.