Launched in early January by the support committee of Valérie Bacot, an online petition aimed at obtaining the pardon of this woman accused of the murder of her husband in 2016, has already collected more than 76,000 signatures.
She can in particular count on the support of several political figures, such as the former Minister of Women's Rights Najat Vallaud Belkacem, who calls on Emmanuel Macron for freedom to be restored to Valérie Bacot.
The former minister who had also, a few years earlier, granted her pardon to Jacqueline Sauvage, sentenced to ten years in prison for the murder of her violent husband.
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Valérie Bacot is for her part accused of having killed her husband, Daniel Polette, in 2016, after decades of sexual, physical and emotional abuse.
The man, who was also her stepfather, allegedly also forced her to prostitute herself, going so far as to give her instructions through an earpiece.
It is also in the van fitted out for this activity that Valérie Bacot will kill him with a firearm.
“This woman, who was not programmed to be violent, became so in spite of herself and especially in spite of the little protection she had since the age of her twelve years and even before. She is a little girl who has been left to fend for herself and the authorities have let this man in all might do enormous damage with impunity. No one was there to protect her neither in childhood nor in adolescence. His own mother was an accomplice in the insanities committed by the father-in-law ”
“This woman, who was not programmed to be violent, became so in spite of herself and especially in spite of the little protection she had since the age of her twelve years and even before.
She is a little girl who has been left to fend for herself and the authorities have let this man in all might do enormous damage with impunity.
No one was there to protect her neither in childhood nor in adolescence.
His own mother was an accomplice in the insanities committed by the father-in-law ”
, reminds the
Me Janine Bonaggiunta, the lawyer of the accused.
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Valérie Bacot, who was freed in October 2018 after a year spent in the Dijon remand center, will be tried next June.
Since her release, the mother has found work in the construction sector.
"She wanted to restore stones, which is by no means trivial"
, confides Me Bonnagiunta.
Her lawyer sees it as a way for her client to repair and even build her life.
“She is greatly appreciated by her employer, who has also promised to keep a place for her, whatever the outcome of the procedure.
She has a lot of responsibilities, which proves that she still has an incredible capacity for resilience ”.
"Valérie Bacot has never been able, at any time in her life, to give the slightest consent"
Regarding the support provided to her, Ms. Bacot
“is very moved to discover this flow of people who support her, who are interested in her.
This is something completely new since she had never received the slightest proof of love before but had always lived isolated, staggering in life, ”
in the words of Me Bonaggiunta.
And the lawyer added that moreover,
"whatever happens, whatever the verdict, she knows that she was able to surround her children during the time she was at liberty, she has was able to get them back on track, which was his top priority.
Today everyone has a situation - except her youngest child who is still a college student but whose studies she supervises - and that is all that matters.
She is also very lucid and aware of what she has done, 'I did a horrible act and I have to pay for it', she often repeats
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If some see in Valérie Bacot a new Jacqueline Sauvage, her lawyer is not of this opinion.
“Other than the murder of a husband, the two stories have nothing to do with it.
The story of Valérie is much more tragic insofar as she was only twelve years old when she knew her torturer, when Jacqueline was 17. Valérie Bacot was never able, at any time of her life, to give the least consent.
As a child, she was nevertheless surrounded by educators whose role was to take her away from this mother who had allowed many things, but she was never taken care of.
There was a real dysfunction that I am denouncing today, ”
explains Me Bonaggiunta, who says she is outraged.
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