A 41-year-old Frenchwoman went on trial for a grisly infanticide on Tuesday after confessing to killing three newborn babies and hiding two corpses in the freezer of her expat home in South Korea.
In a case that has gripped France, Veronique Courjault, faces life in jail after admitting killing two baby boys born secretly in Seoul in 2002 and 2003, and a third child born in France in 1999.
Taking the stand in the courtroom in the central city of Tours, Courjault -- who has spent three years in pre-trial detention -- appeared physically frail and anxious, struggling with erratic breathing.
Wearing a light blue shirt and jacket, her hair clipped back, she exchanged a wordless look with her husband and wiped away a few tears as her mother, father and in-laws smiled and nodded at her in support.
Jean-Louis Courjault, 42, who was kept in the dark about his wife's pregnancies and was cleared last year of any involvement in the crime, has stood by her side since her confession in 2006.
"I am very, very tense. I am here to support the woman I love," Courjault told reporters as he arrived in court.