Source: (2001) In Victim policies and criminal justice on the road to restorative justice: Essays in honour of Tony Peters, ed. E. Fattah and S. Parmentier, 115-121. With an introduction by E. Fattah and S. Parmentier. Leuven, Belgium: Leuven University Press.In this study Georges Picca looks at the compensation of crime victims according to French law. Marginal in legal codes and court proceedings for a long time, victims are now significant actors in justice systems seeking to be more restorative than repressive. Assisting crime victims through compensation is a concrete form of this new attention to their role. Picca begins by tracing the origins and development of this recognition of the needs and rights of victims, including the initiation of compensation to victims of terrorist acts in France in the 1980s, and then generally to other victims in the 1990s. This leads to a survey of the contemporary status and system of compensation in France.