Yves Bot, an advocate general at the European Court of Justice, has died at the age of 71.
Bot served as a public prosecutor in several French cities, including time as the principal public prosecutor before the Paris high court and as the attorney general responsible for the Paris appeals court.
Nicole Belloubet, France’s justice minister, praised Bot’s ability “to handle the most complex situations with serenity” and said “France has lost a great magistrate” in a press announcement on 9 June.
Bot had been one of 11 advocates general at the ECJ since 2006. Advocates general issue preliminary opinions on cases before they are considered by a panel of ECJ judges.
“Mr Yves Bot was a staunch defender of the values of the European Union and worked throughout his career both to make the justice system more humane and to bring it closer to the people whom it serves.”