On September 10th, 1977, Hamida Djandoubi was the last person to be executed by guillotine in France. A Tunisian immigrant, he lost his job and most of his right leg following a workplace accident. Djandoubi had set about kidnapping several young women and attempting to force them into prostitution. The kidnappings and a particularly brutal murder in 1974 led to charges of torture-murder, rape and premeditated violence. Djandoubi’s defence was based on the supposed effects of the amputation of his leg six years earlier leaving his lawyer to claim that Djandoubi was driven to alcohol and violence, turning him into a ‘different’ man.