Part I

Anne PONSEILLE, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law and Political Sciences, Montpellier, The Double Character of the Instigator within the French Criminal Law
The instigator, meaning the person who determines somebody to perpetrate a crime or who offers instructions for its perpetration, can be considered a participant to that crime, but his legal status within the French Criminal Code is dual, as he is considered either as an accomplice by the general criminal law or as an author by the special criminal law.
Key-words: criminal participation, instigator, accomplice, author, principal punishable deed, distinct crime, prevention crime

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