His request, which related to a period of probationary semi-freedom at Borgo prison (Haute-Corse) – where he is detained -, followed by conditional release, had been accepted at first instance on February 24, but the prosecution National Anti-Terrorist (Pnat) had appealed.

A first request was refused in 2019, a rejection confirmed on appeal in January 2020.

“The file that we present meets all the requirements of the law in terms of reintegration. Employment, accommodation if leave is granted, compensation for civil parties: all the boxes are filled”, had estimated his lawyer Françoise Davideau before decision.

During the hearing before the sentencing chamber of the Paris Court of Appeal, on April 21, the public prosecutor had requested a rejection of the request for adjustment of sentence.

Arrested in May 1999, Alain Ferrandi was sentenced in July 2003 to life imprisonment, accompanied by a security period of eighteen years. He has been eligible for parole since May 2017.

On May 12, semi-freedom was granted to Pierre Alessandri, another member of the commando sentenced to life imprisonment for the assassination of the prefect Claude Erignac on February 6, 1998.

But this decision was also subject to a suspensive appeal from the Pnat.