As a result of the beatings, he was unable to work for 30 days. The Toulon court on Tuesday sentenced two young people on trial at the end of November to suspended fines for the assault of an EELV elected official from Seyne-sur-Mer, on the sidelines of a banquet of local Reconquest activists at a campsite. Eighteen months' suspended sentences were requested at the November 28 hearing against the defendants, aged 22 and 24. The latter admitted to having punched and kicked respectively the Green MP Hakim Bouaksa, saying they regretted their action.
The two men, sons and nephews of the director of the Hacienda campsite in La Seyne-sur-Mer, were sentenced to a suspended fine of 5,000 euros, according to judicial sources and their lawyer. The director of the campsite and the manager of his grocery store, who were also tried for "violence in a group", were acquitted, according to the same sources. The prosecutor had asked for their acquittal due to a lack of sufficient evidence to establish their responsibility for the beatings.
The elected official had been injured in the face and neck and had suffered a broken arm - which caused him to be totally unable to work for thirty days - while he was taking part in an undeclared rally of about thirty people in front of "L'Hacienda" on 11 June. The demonstrators wanted to denounce the holding of a banquet of local activists of the far-right Reconquest party in the campsite's restaurant, which is run by the campsite.
In the videos, some of them can be seen filtering cars trying to enter the campsite, while chanting "welcome to the fascists" or shouting insults. "It's normal to disagree, we're in a democracy. But we don't have to stop people from entering a restaurant by yelling at them and calling them fascists, it's shocking," said the president of the court, Marie-Laure Arnouil. The court also found that Hakim Bouaksa was 50% responsible for his damage.