Four months suspended prison sentence.
This is what the prosecution of the Brest court requested on Thursday against the 31-year-old young woman who had caused a massive drop in Tour de France riders this summer.
Images that had toured the world, caused the forfeiture of several riders and angered the authorities of cycling.
The peloton was competing in the first stage, on June 26 in Brittany, when in the town of Sizun, 45 km from the finish, a young woman brandished her sign, encroaching on the road, her back to the peloton.
Several runners, launched at high speed, could not avoid the piece of cardboard on which was written "Go opi-omi!"
»- grandpa-mamy in German, his grandmother being of German origin and a fan of cycling.
The German Tony Martin, the first to fall, had involved in his fall many other cyclists.
"A feeling of shame, of fear in the face of the consequences of one's act"
The deputy prosecutor Solenn Briand stressed before the Brest criminal court that the defendant, aged 31, had recognized "the dangerousness of her behavior" and "presented regrets".
Dressed in pants and a navy blue sweater, the young woman, unemployed and without a criminal record, fled the cameras when she arrived in court.
“The respondent expressed a feeling of shame, of fear in the face of the consequences of his act.
She says she is distressed by the media coverage of what she calls her stupidity, ”Brest's public prosecutor Camille Miansoni stressed in early July at a press conference.
Irresponsible 🤬 Watch out for runners!
# TDF2021 pic.twitter.com/NoTUB4gnfs
- Grégory Leclerc (@GregLeclerc) June 26, 2021
Originally from Finistère, she went to the Landerneau gendarmerie after four days of investigation, no longer supporting the media pressure and the launch of a call for witnesses. In the process, she was taken into police custody. His lawyer Julien Bradmetz, who unsuccessfully called for a closed session, presented his client as having "a fragile personality for many years". "This fragility has been increased tenfold so that today my client is living through hell," he said.
"By showing her panel to the cameras, (she) brought down about fifty riders, some of whom were forced to retire due to serious bodily injuries," regretted Wednesday in a statement the international organization Associate Professional Cyclists ( CPA), civil party at the trial.
“The damage suffered by runners is physical, moral and economic.
An athlete trains for months for a great tour and it is not acceptable that all of his hard work, that of his family, his staff and his team is dashed in an instant by the quest for popularity of those who should. to attend the event without becoming the protagonists ”, plague the president of the organization based in Switzerland Gianni Bugno in the press release.
She faces a fine of up to 15,000 euros and a one-year prison sentence.
The only association of riders recognized by the International Cycling Union (UCI) nevertheless indicated that it was only asking for a symbolic compensation of one euro, saying it only wanted to draw the public's attention to the need to adopt " a responsible and respectful attitude towards the runners ”.
The Tour de France had initially announced its intention to file a complaint and finally gave up saying it wanted to "calm things down".
The young woman is being prosecuted for "endangering others" and "involuntary injuries" resulting in incapacity for work "not exceeding 3 months".
She faces the Brest criminal court up to a 15,000 euros fine and a one-year prison sentence.
The judgment was reserved on December 9.