France, Valence — A 28-year-old Frenchman who claims to be a right-wing or far-right “patriot” was sentenced to four months in prison on Thursday for slapping President Emmanuel Macron.
Damian Tarrell was also banned from holding public office and possessing weapons in France for five years on Tuesday’s swipe.
At a trial on Thursday, Tarrell testified that the attack was impulsive and unplanned, prompted by anger at France’s “decline.”
He sat straight and showed no emotion when a court in the southeastern city of Valence convicted him of violence against a person who had invested in a public institution. He was sentenced to four months in prison and a 14-month suspended sentence. His girlfriend wept.
Tarrell, who shouted when he hit the president with the cry of a royalist war centuries ago, was a right-wing or far-right “ patriot” himself and shook Macron’s president in 2018 and 2019. He said he was a member of the Best Economic Protest.
Calm and calm, he firmly defended his actions and views on Macron without providing details on what policies he wanted France to change.
Tarrell admitted that he had beaten the president with a “quite violent” slap. “When I saw his friendly and liar look, I felt disgusted and had a violent reaction,” he told the court. “It was an impulsive reaction …. I was surprised by the violence.”
He said he and his friends had considered bringing eggs or cream pies to throw at the president, but he said they had abandoned the idea, and slapd unplanned. ..
“I think Emmanuel Macron represents the decline of our country,” he said without explaining what it meant.
According to the prosecution, he told investigators that he had been convicted of right-wing or super-right-wing politics, even if he was not a member of a political party or group.
Slap called attention to the assortment of ultra-right-wing groups bubbling under the political situation in France. They are considered increasingly dangerous despite their small support.
Macron did not comment on the trial on Thursday, but claimed that “nothing has justified violence in a democratic society.”
“It’s not a big deal to slap when heading to the crowd to greet some people who have been waiting for a long time,” he said in an interview with broadcaster BFM-TV. “We must not make that stupid and violent act more important than that.”
At the same time, the president added, “Anyone with public authority has the right to respect, so don’t make it mediocre.”
Another man arrested in a slap following a slap, identified by prosecutors as Arthur C., was later determined to be in illegal possession of a weapon in 2022.
Prosecutors said not only did they find the weapons, but police who searched Arthur C.’s house also found a copy of Adolf Hitler’s manifesto “Mein Kampf” and two flags that symbolized the Communists and the Russian Revolution. It was.
According to the prosecutor, both Tarrell and Arthur C. were 28 years old and had no police records.
French crimes often take months or years to reach a trial, in which case authorities used special emergency measures to bring the case within just two days of slap. Tarrell did not oppose this procedure.
In the video, Macron’s attacker hit the left cheek of a French leader, and his bodyguard was trapped behind a traffic barrier in the winemaking town of Tain-l’Hermitage during a quick meeting with the general public. Showed that he was pushing the man away.
Centuries ago, the royalist war screamed before the attackers ended with “Monjowa! San Doni!” “Abasla Macronie” or “Down with Macron.”