The man who slapped the head of state saw his additional sentences confirmed by the Grenoble Court of Appeal, in particular a deprivation of civic rights for three years and a permanent ban on exercising a public function.
On November 2, the Grenoble Court of Appeal confirmed the additional sentences imposed on Damien Tarel, the author of the slap in the face to Emmanuel Macron during a trip to the south-east in 2021, on June 8, 2021.
The perpetrator, who has served his sentence (18 months in prison, including four months in prison), had challenged his additional sentences, namely deprivation of civil rights, the prohibition to possess or carry a weapon and the prohibition to work in the public service. They were pronounced on June 10, 2021 by the criminal court of Valence (Drôme), following a trial in immediate appearance two days after his gesture.
“A purgatory gesture”, according to the defense
Immediately imprisoned, Damiel Tarel had declared on his release from prison in September of the same year to have “no regrets”.
A line from which he has not deviated since. “I am criticized for my mode of expression, the fact that I criticize the inability of the people to express themselves in a democracy. And there, I am forbidden the right to vote and to work in the public service”, he declared at the end of the trial of this November 2, reports France Bleu.
Despite the confirmation of the sentences by the Court of Appeal, Damiel Tarel’s lawyer, Juan Branco, is satisfied, considering that contrary to the first instance his client was able to “explain himself on his gesture”. “We presented the different dimensions of his gesture, symbolic, the convictions of my client, and the social recognition of this slap. Somehow, it was a purgatory gesture which carried the word of many French people ”developed, with France 3 Rhône-Alpes, master Juan Branco.