France - OPCAT Situation
France decided to create a specialised institution dedicated to torture prevention before ratifying the OPCAT. In 2007, a legislation was passed to establish the General Controller of Places of Deprivation of Liberty and the mandate-holder was appointed in 2008 for a six-year term. Shortly after, France ratified the OPCAT.
As of September 2012, the French NPM is composed of approximately 40 staff, of which 25 are full-time. It has been granted with a 3 million EUROS annual budget.
The SPT member Petros Michaelides is the SPT Focal Point for France.