If it has to choose who is to be crucified, the crowd will always save Barabbas.

S'il faut choisir un crucifie, la foule sauve toujours Barabbas.

Jean Cocteau

Barabbas was the criminal released by Pontius Pilate , at the crowd's insistence, instead of Jesus.

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Cocteau, Jean. Le Coq et l'Arlequin [The Cock and the Harlequin]. Paris: Editions de la Sirene, 1918.