Who suggested the guillotine in France?

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During the late 18th century, France decided that their present forms of execution--such as hanging, beheading by axe, and the "breaking wheel"--were cruelly designed to inflict pain as well as death. Determining that the death sentence should be quick and painless, French leaders looked toward other forms of execution: Among those under consideration were the

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