Jail term urged for Sarkozy attacker

Last Updated: Friday, July 1, 2011 - 23:17

Paris: Prosecutors on Friday sought three
months in jail for a 32-year-old man who dragged French
President Nicolas Sarkozy off his feet as he greeted the
public on a walkabout.

Hermann Fuster, 32, was in court in the southwestern
town of Agen a day after he yanked Sarkozy by his jacket in a
surprise breach of presidential security which left the
president unharmed.
State prosecutor Pascal Prache asked judges for a
nine-month jail term, six months suspended, and community
service for Fuster, a caretaker and receptionist at a local
conservatory.

"You breached a taboo by attacking the president of
the republic," Prache told Fuster in a packed courtroom.

"Democracy is based on respect and the absence of
physical violence. It is a democratic principal that you
endangered."
After grabbing Sarkozy yesterday, Fuster was
immediately wrestled to the ground by bodyguards and taken
into custody.

He appeared in the dock today dressed in black with
gothic skull designs on his T-shirt.

Fuster is accused of "violence against a person
holding public authority," a charge punishable by up to three
years in jail and a fine of 45,000 euros (USD 65,000). Sarkozy
himself did not press charges.

Bureau Report



First Published: Friday, July 1, 2011 - 23:17
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