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Frenchman loses execution appeal

An Indonesian court today denied the final appeal of a French national who faces execution for drug offenses.

His case has drawn national attention in France, which vigorously opposes the death penalty. Muslim majority Indonesia takes a hardline stance against drug crimes and resumed executions in 2013. So far this year it has executed 14 people convicted in drug cases.

Officials justify the death penalty by pointing to the estimated 18,000 young Indonesians who die each year from drug use.