The country of France, located in the continent of Europe officially abolished the system of slavery on 16th September 1848 with general and unconditional emancipation. It was the second time that slavery was put to an end in the French territories.
For the first time, slavery was terminated by the France Republic in 1794, but the decree was reinstated by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802. The Republic nullified the slave trade in 1815, but the decree didn't come into effect till 1826.
The decision to revoke slavery was not made by France out of the blue, but it was rather through the revolutionary resistance that led to the suppression of slavery.
It is said that "the greatest achievement of the 1848 revolution for the colonies was the abolition of slavery. "