He had threatened to kill the Macron couple, a septuagenarian sentenced to six months in prison

He had threatened to kill the Macron couple, a septuagenarian sentenced to six months in prison
He had threatened to kill the Macron couple, a septuagenarian sentenced to six months in prison

A 76-year-old man was sentenced to six months in prison by the Le Mans criminal court for contempt and threats of death against Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron.

He had called for Emmanuel Macron and his wife to be “slaughtered” in a letter dated April 15 that this former IT project manager had sent to his social worker at the Municipal Center for Social Action (CCAS) in Le Mans.

The letter was accompanied by a photomontage with images of decapitated bodies and the head of the President of the Republic on a pike.

The septuagenarian had also mentioned “risks” for the life of Emmanuel Macron, during the opening ceremony of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris and uttered insults towards Brigitte Macron whom he described in his letter as a “transgender slut “.

During his immediate appearance before the Le Mans criminal court, the septuagenarian assured that he had not “no intention to cause harm” and that he had never considered sending this letter directly to the Élysée. According to him, it was a “call for help” to warn of his distress.

During his pleading, his lawyer, Me Nicolas Bouthière, mentioned the “dramatic situation” of his client, explaining that he had lived on the street, that he was experiencing significant financial difficulties and had to make do with a garage for accommodation, despite all his efforts with social services.

“It’s already a first victory for him to have been heard today”added Me Bouthière.

Whatever the difficulties encountered, this attitude is not “not excusable”, estimated the public prosecutor. “This letter may make you smile, may seem innocuous, but these are serious, extremely violent facts, reflecting hatred, with the intention that this will reach the presidential couple,” he denounced.

The prosecutor returned to “the criminal record of a crook” of the septuagenarian.

He was convicted nine times between 1988 and 2021, notably for fraud, bankruptcy, counterfeiting of checks and forgery and use of forgery.

Me Nicolas Bouthière announced to France Bleu Maine that his client will appeal his sentence to six months in prison without any modification of the sentence.

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