Sale of guillotine divides France Jul 12, 2018 0 446 12345 AFPPARISA 150-year-old guillotine with"a few dents on the blade"was sold in Paris on Wednesday despite protests from auction regulators.The 10-foot (three-metre) tall instrument of execution which was used to dispatch criminals in France until 1977 was bought by a French millionaire for 8,008 euros ($9,400).The Drouot auction house insisted that the model was built as a replica and has never been used to behead anyone, although it did once feature in a museum of torture in the French capital.The sale of guillotines has been highly controversial in France where the death penalty was only abolished in 1981, with the French auction watchdog already objecting to the sale."They should not be selling this guillotine,"a spokesman told the Parisien newspaper."Objects like the clothes of people who were deported to the (Nazi death) camps and instruments of torture are sensitive."That did not, however, stop another going for 220,000 euros in the same saleroom in 2011 when US pop star Lady Gaga was reportedly among the bidders. Nor did the watchdog have the power to stop the auction because the guillotine -- which previously graced a Paris jazz club -- is part of a bankruptcy sale. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Trump presses NATO members to double defence spending Jul 12, 2018 0 350 Italy's Salvini calls for 'guarantees' before letting rescued migrants land Jul 12, 2018 0 690 Britain to fine Facebook over data breach Jul 12, 2018 0 358 NATO invites Macedonia to start membership talks BRUSSSELS NATO on Wednesday invited Macedonia to start talks to join the alliance after Skopje reached a deal with Greece in a long-running row over the country's name. Alliance chief Jens Stoltenberg said .. One dead, one missing as Spanish fishing boat sinks BUENOS AIRES One person has died and another is missing after a Spanish fishing vessel sank off Argentina on Wednesday, but 25 crew members have been rescued, the Argentine Navy said. The crew of the Dorneda were found at .. Surviving member of neo-Nazi murder cell jailed for life MUNICH The only surviving member of a German neo-Nazi cell behind a shocking series of racist murders was sentenced on Wednesday to life in prison, capping one of the longest and politically charged trials of the post-war .. Swiss court jails Thai woman over human trafficking GENEVA A Swiss court on Wednesday sentenced a Thai woman to 10 and a half years behind bars for her role in a forced prostitution ring, in one of Switzerland's biggest ever human trafficking cases. The regional Bern .. French film legend Deneuve wins Japan's top art prize PARIS The veteran French actress Catherine Deneuve was awarded one of the world's most lucrative arts prizes on Wednesday. The star of such classics as 'The Umbrellas of Cherbourg' and 'Belle de .. Palin tears into 'sick' British comedian over being pranked NEW YORK Sacha Baron Cohen is back and Sarah Palin is not amused. The US former vice presidential nominee and ex-Alaska governor has launched an extraordinary attack on the British comedian for duping her to take part in .. US envoy plays down Trump's UK in 'turmoil' remark AFP LONDON US Ambassador to Britain Woody Johnson on Wednesday rowed back on President Donald Trump's comment that Britain was in"turmoil"because of Brexit-linked political upheaval. Asked on BBC radio about .. Catalan leader hopes for 'support' from Scotland AFP Edinburgh AFTER years of holding Catalan separatists at arm's length despite obvious sympathy for their cause, Scotland's pro-independence First Minister Nicola Sturgeon meets Catalan president Quim .. 16,000 displaced by Colombia conflict, says UN BOGOTA At least 16,000 people have been displaced from their homes by armed conflict in the border region between Colombia and Venezuela, the United Nations said. Human rights abuses carried out during fighting between .. Greece acts against Russian diplomats in security breach AFP ATHENS GREECE has taken"the necessary measures to protect its national interest"after"interference"by Russian officials in the name dispute with the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia, the government said .. SC orders Spain to take in more refugees MADRID Spain's Supreme Court has ordered Madrid to take in more refugees after ruling it had not honoured its EU commitment to accept least 16,000 asylum-seekers from Italy and Greece, it announced on Wednesday. ..