Made for torture

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The sale of instruments of torture that once belonged to Fernand Meyssonnier, a 20th century French executioner was suspended "in a spirit of appeasement" said the French Cornette de Saint Cyr house. (AFP Photo)

The sale of instruments of torture that once belonged to Fernand Meyssonnier, a 20th century French executioner was suspended "in a spirit of appeasement" said the French Cornette de Saint Cyr house. (AFP Photo)

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A torture instrument on display during the "Peines et chatiments d'autrefois" (Penalties And Punishments From Ancient Times) exhibition at the Fernand Meyssonnier Museum in the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild. (AFP Photo)

A torture instrument on display during the "Peines et chatiments d'autrefois" (Penalties And Punishments From Ancient Times) exhibition at the Fernand Meyssonnier Museum in the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild. (AFP Photo)

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A picture shows a torture instrument on display during the "Peines et chatiments d'autrefois" (Penalties And Punishments From Ancient Times) exhibition at the Fernand Meyssonnier Museum in the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild, Paris. (AFP Photo)

A picture shows a torture instrument on display during the "Peines et chatiments d'autrefois" (Penalties And Punishments From Ancient Times) exhibition at the Fernand Meyssonnier Museum in the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild, Paris. (AFP Photo)

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A picture taken in Paris shows a chastity belt on display during the "Peines et chatiments d'autrefois" (Penalties And Punishments From Ancient Times) exhibition at the Fernand Meyssonnier Museum in the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild. (AFP Photo)

A picture taken in Paris shows a chastity belt on display during the "Peines et chatiments d'autrefois" (Penalties And Punishments From Ancient Times) exhibition at the Fernand Meyssonnier Museum in the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild. (AFP Photo)

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A picture taken in Paris shows a torture instrument on display during the "Peines et chatiments d'autrefois" (Penalties And Punishments From Ancient Times) exhibition at the Fernand Meyssonnier Museum in the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild. (AFP Photo)

A picture taken in Paris shows a torture instrument on display during the "Peines et chatiments d'autrefois" (Penalties And Punishments From Ancient Times) exhibition at the Fernand Meyssonnier Museum in the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild. (AFP Photo)

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A picture taken in Paris shows a torture instrument on display during the "Peines et chatiments d'autrefois" (Penalties And Punishments From Ancient Times) exhibition at the Fernand Meyssonnier Museum in the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild. (AFP Photo)

A picture taken in Paris shows a torture instrument on display during the "Peines et chatiments d'autrefois" (Penalties And Punishments From Ancient Times) exhibition at the Fernand Meyssonnier Museum in the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild. (AFP Photo)

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A picture taken in Paris shows a torture instrument on display during the "Peines et chatiments d'autrefois" (Penalties And Punishments From Ancient Times) exhibition at the Fernand Meyssonnier Museum in the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild. (AFP Photo)

A picture taken in Paris shows a torture instrument on display during the "Peines et chatiments d'autrefois" (Penalties And Punishments From Ancient Times) exhibition at the Fernand Meyssonnier Museum in the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild. (AFP Photo)

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A picture taken in Paris shows torture instruments on display during the "Peines et chatiments d'autrefois" (Penalties And Punishments From Ancient Times) exhibition at the Fernand Meyssonnier Museum in the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild. (AFP Photo)

A picture taken in Paris shows torture instruments on display during the "Peines et chatiments d'autrefois" (Penalties And Punishments From Ancient Times) exhibition at the Fernand Meyssonnier Museum in the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild. (AFP Photo)

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A picture taken in Paris shows a torture instrument on display during the "Peines et chatiments d'autrefois" (Penalties And Punishments From Ancient Times) exhibition at the Fernand Meyssonnier Museum in the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild. (AFP Photo)

A picture taken in Paris shows a torture instrument on display during the "Peines et chatiments d'autrefois" (Penalties And Punishments From Ancient Times) exhibition at the Fernand Meyssonnier Museum in the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild. (AFP Photo)

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A picture taken in Paris shows a a hand-crusher on display during the "Peines et chatiments d'autrefois" (Penalties And Punishments From Ancient Times) exhibition at the Fernand Meyssonnier Museum in the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild. (AFP Photo)

A picture taken in Paris shows a a hand-crusher on display during the "Peines et chatiments d'autrefois" (Penalties And Punishments From Ancient Times) exhibition at the Fernand Meyssonnier Museum in the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild. (AFP Photo)

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