French Man, Damien Tarel Gets 4-Month Jail Sentence For Slapping President, Macron

Date: 11-06-2021 11:20 am (1 month ago) | Author: CLARA JANCITA
- at 11-06-2021 11:20 AM (1 month ago)

The 28-year-old man, Damien Tarel who slapped France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, in the face has been sentenced to four months in prison.

A court in the south-east city of Valence convicted Tarel on Thursday, June 10, on a charge of violence against a person invested with public authority. He was given four months in prison and an additional 14-month suspended sentence, and was banned from ever holding public office and from owning weapons for five years.

Tarel described himself as a right-wing or extreme-right “patriot” and member of the gilets Jaunes economic protest movement.

After the incident, Tarel acknowledged hitting the president with a
“rather violent” slap. “When I saw his friendly, lying look, I felt disgust, and I had a violent reaction,” he told the court. “It was an impulsive reaction … I was surprised myself by the violence.”

He said he and his friends had considered bringing an egg or a cream pie to throw at the president but had dropped the idea – and insisted that the slap wasn’t premeditated.

“I think that Emmanuel Macron represents the decline of our country,” he said, without explaining what he meant.

Macron wouldn’t comment Thursday on the trial, but insisted that “nothing justifies violence in a democratic society, never.”

“It’s not such a big deal to get a slap when you go toward a crowd to say hello to some people who were 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 it is.”

At the same time, the president added,
“we must not make it banal, because anyone with public authority is entitled to respect.”

Another man arrested in the ruckus that followed the slap, identified by the prosecutor as Arthur C, will be judged at a later date, in 2022, for illegal possession of weapons.

The prosecutor’s office said that as well as finding weapons, police who searched the home of Arthur C also found books on the art of war, a copy of Adolf Hitler’s manifesto Mein Kampf and two flags, one symbolising communists and another of the Russian Revolution.

Posted: at 11-06-2021 11:20 AM (1 month ago) | Hero
- olowoinlionsden at 11-06-2021 11:32 AM (1 month ago)
One prisoner should be slapping the idiot daily, for the period of his incaceration.
Posted: at 11-06-2021 11:32 AM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac
- gogoman at 11-06-2021 12:50 PM (1 month ago)
if na for Africa now u go dey hearsay the president na dictator ....
Posted: at 11-06-2021 12:50 PM (1 month ago) | Addicted Hero
- constigoldo at 11-06-2021 01:13 PM (1 month ago)
Online (f)
Four months is too small for him. Imagine the guts!!
Posted: at 11-06-2021 01:13 PM (1 month ago) | Gistmaniac
- donukeme at 11-06-2021 01:29 PM (1 month ago)
I feel like slapping Nigeria president and be imprisoned for 4 months
Posted: at 11-06-2021 01:29 PM (1 month ago) | Newbie
- FloJoJo at 11-06-2021 04:40 PM (1 month ago)
This moron be dead and forgotten quickly if tried similar act with any US President and never have opportunity to go to jail.
Posted: at 11-06-2021 04:40 PM (1 month ago) | Upcoming


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