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French ambassador asks Texas to halt execution

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PARIS (AP) - France's ambassador to the U.S. has asked Gov. Rick Perry to pardon a Texas death row inmate married to a Frenchwoman.

Hank Skinner faces execution Wednesday night in Huntsville for the killings of his then-girlfriend and her two adult sons in 1993 in Pampa, Texas.

French Foreign Ministry spokesman Bernard Valero says "our ambassador in Washington has asked the governor of Texas to pardon Skinner" or to suspend the execution and heed Skinner's request for further investigation.

Skinner maintains his innocence.

Valero told an online briefing Wednesday that President Nicolas Sarkozy has offered "France's support" to Skinner's wife, Sandrine Ageorges-Skinner.

France is firmly opposed to the death penalty.