The three men suspected of assaulting Brigitte Macron's great-nephew, Jean-Baptiste Trogneux, on the sidelines of an undeclared demonstration against the pension reform, a case that had moved the political class, are to be tried Monday in Amiens.
Aged 20, 22 and 34, these defendants with marginal profiles were initially scheduled to be tried immediately on 17 May, two days after the events, for gang violence, but their lawyers had asked for more time to prepare their defence.
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They will appear in pre-trial detention, a placement justified by the president of the court because of "the risk of repetition of the facts". The prosecutor of the Republic of Amiens, Jean-Philippe Vicentini, had made the request, arguing that "in democracy, we must speak, we can not knock". The trial is scheduled to begin at 14 p.m.
Owner of the famous chocolate factory founded by Brigitte Macron's great-grandfather, Jean-Baptiste Trogneux, 30, was molested on May 15 in front of his home, located above his business in Amiens, by several people who participated in the undeclared demonstration, according to his father, Jean-Alexandre. According to police sources, he received four days of total incapacity for work (ITT). According to his lawyer Franck Delahousse, he wanted to "defend the window of his store, already targeted several times". The chocolate factory has been under police surveillance at every event in recent years.
Among the defendants, already convicted of violence and assault, the youngest, Florian C., is illiterate, the oldest, Yoan L., is under curatorship. "In 15 seconds, we realize that we need a psychiatric expertise," said the latter's lawyer, Ibrahima Ndiaye, at the opening of the May 17 hearing. "We can talk about social cases," said Marc Blondet, the lawyer of the third defendant, Adrien F., who struggles, according to him, to read and write. "These are young people who have a chaotic journey, difficulties especially psychological," he said. Four other people arrested in this case were released after being taken into custody. A 16-year-old girl, also prosecuted, is due to be tried later by a juvenile judge.
As soon as the facts were revealed, voices on the left and right were alarmed by the violence of the political debate, Emmanuel Macron denouncing "unbearable and unspeakable acts". Brigitte Macron indignant at the "cowardice" of the authors.