A convicted Italian terrorist being held in France will not be extradited back to Italy, French authorities have decided.
Marina Petrella, a former communist Red Brigades revolutionary, is currently being treated in a French hospital for severe depression that doctors say is life-threatening.
She fled to France after an Italian court convicted her in 1992 for her part in the murder of a police commissioner in Rome 11 years earlier.
In the 1980s former French President Francois Mitterand allowed left-wing radicals to live freely in France on condition they renounce violence.
However, after pressure from Rome, Petrella was re-arrested last year. She immediately went on hunger strike and her health deteriorated.
President Nicolas Sarkozy today announced France would bow to calls from her supporters to have her extradition decree overturned on health grounds.