Almost a year after his arrest, Christophe Moreau has broken his silence. Arrested on January 15, 2023 at his home in Porrentruy (Switzerland) on suspicion of domestic violence and death threats against his wife, Émilie, the former cyclist gave his version of the case in the Swiss media Blick.
Without denying the facts, the Franco-Swiss deplores the conditions of his arrest, which he says was heavy-handed and consistent. "I didn't see it coming," he says. The noise is impressive, a huge crack!. It's an earthquake. I barely had time to go down a floor when three or four policemen appeared with machine guns, sightlights fixed on the barrel, masked, helmeted, and screaming "Police!" Police! Hands in the air, flat on your stomach! Hands up!. You can see right away that it's a special mission, it's a total shock. »
As a reminder, Christophe Moreau was intoxicated at the time. Shotguns were seized from his home. Local newspapers reported that the man in his 50s had been spotted several times prowling near the home of his wife, from whom he had just separated. In telephone conversations, including with his daughters, he had also made death threats.
"I'm going to kill you"
"It's going to be terrible, it's war. (...) "I'm going to take the greatest lawyer in Switzerland and I'm going to kill you, we're going to kill each other," he said. (...) "Your mother-bitch, I'm going to kill her." It was in this context that the Intervention Group and Snipers intervened.
According to him, the status of his wife, a member of Parliament, and the relationship she had recently maintained at the time of the arrest with Martial Courtet, a minister and therefore an important political figure, had influenced the authorities. "The situation he put himself in had become unmanageable," Moreau told the Swiss media. No one can say what the police should have done. (...) I would hope that for a similar situation, involving another person, the system put in place would have been the same. »
The former rider assures him that he "barks more than [he] bites". "I've never acted out, I've never been physically violent towards my daughters and my ex-wife," the former professional cyclist says today. I don't have a history. »
Two months spent in a therapeutic centre
"I'm an Aries, a former professional cyclist, I have blood, I have character," he told the Swiss media. But under no circumstances would I have been able to do it. Of course I regret those words. I didn't think so. When you have two grams of alcohol in your blood, you can't have the same discernment as you would in a normal state. »
After a month of incarceration, Christophe Moreau, fourth in the Tour de France in 2000, was transferred to a health center where he agreed to follow a therapeutic program to treat his addiction to alcohol. He was released two months later and is now awaiting a possible trial date.