French worker sentenced over Sarkozy e-mail threats

17th March 2009, Comments 0 comments

A factory worker who emailed death threats to Sarkozy while drunk has been handed a suspended two-month jail sentence, sent on citizenship course and told to undergo counselling for alcohol abuse.

COMPIEGNE – A French car factory worker who e-mailed a death threat to President Nicolas Sarkozy while drunk, was handed a suspended two-month jail sentence on Monday.

The 40-year-old father of three from northern France clicked into an e-mail form on the Elysee website in January, and sent a 15-line message threatening to kill Sarkozy and two local officials.

"I'd just had enough... there is the crisis, Sarkozy increased his salary, but they are cutting work hours in the factories and everything. And I had also had quite a lot to drink," he told AFP.

"I typed 'contact the Elysee' on Google, and I got through to the site," said the man, who also threatened to destroy a home belonging to Interior Minister Michele Alliot Marie in the Pyrenees.

As well as the suspended jail term, the factory worker, who said he had voted for Sarkozy in 2007, was sent on a citizenship course and told to undergo counselling for alcohol abuse.

Sarkozy and several politicians received death threat letters stuffed with bullets early this month.

AFP / Expatica

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