Would-be Chirac assassinordered to stand trial

22nd July 2004, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, July 22 (AFP) - A Parisian judge on Thursday ordered a right-wing militant who fired at French President Jacques Chirac during the Bastille Day parade in 2002 to stand trial for attempted murder, court sources said.

PARIS, July 22 (AFP) - A Parisian judge on Thursday ordered a right-wing militant who fired at French President Jacques Chirac during the Bastille Day parade in 2002 to stand trial for attempted murder, court sources said.  

The ruling follows a prosecution request earlier this week that Maxime Brunerie be tried for attempting to shoot Chirac.  

The trial was expected to take place sometime next year.  

On July 14, 2002, Brunerie - then aged 25 - allegedly stashed a .22 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 Chirac.  

Brunerie was judged mentally fit to stand trial in a psychiatrist's report released last September.

© AFP

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