Man who shot at Chirac to be tried December

21st September 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 21 (AFP) - A right-wing militant who shot at French President Jacques Chirac during the Bastille Day parade in 2002 will go on trial in Paris for attempted murder on December 6, court sources said Tuesday.

PARIS, Sept 21 (AFP) - A right-wing militant who shot at French President Jacques Chirac during the Bastille Day parade in 2002 will go on trial in Paris for attempted murder on December 6, court sources said Tuesday.  

On July 14, 2002, Maxime Brunerie - then aged 25 - allegedly stashed a ..22 calibre hunting rifle in a guitar case and positioned himself among the crowd of parade-watchers along the Champs-Elysees.  

Investigators say he was standing just 20 meters (yards) away from where Chirac was riding in an open car when he fired one bullet at the leader. Chirac was not injured in the incident.  

Several onlookers subdued the would-be assassin, who later told investigators he had planned to commit suicide after shooting at the French leader.  

Brunerie, who has been in police custody since the incident, was judged mentally fit to stand trial in a psychiatrist's report released last year.  

His lawyers are expected to argue that he suffers from mental illness, and thus should not be imprisoned for his actions.  

The trial was expected to last a week, court sources said.

 

© AFP

 

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