I’ve never heard of someone getting convicted within 2 days of committing a crime, no matter what evidence there is against him.
A French court has sentenced Damien Tarel, the man who slapped the country’s President Emmanuel Macron, for 18 months, with 14 of them suspended. The man also faced other penalties.
The 28-year-old suspect appeared before court on Thursday. The hearings are heavily fast-tracked, coming only two days after the slapping incident. Tarel stands accused of an assault on a public official, with the offence carrying a maximum of three years in jail and a hefty fine of up to €45,000.
The fearless slapper is a BASED historical cosplayer
The prosecutors, however, have asked the court to slap Tarel with a real 18-month jail term rather than impose a fine on him, as well as to hit him with other penalties.
“I am not asking for a fine, but I am asking you to consider imposing on him a permanent ban on holding public office,” a prosecutor told the court as quoted by BFM TV.
The court was also asked to ban the man from voting for five years, as well as to bar him from owning firearms during the same period.
Earlier in the day, the defendant explained his actions were politically motivated, telling the court that Macron, in his opinion, embodied the “decay” of France, and that the sneaky attack was the only way to get to the president.
“I think that Macron represents very neatly the decay of our country,” he told the court. “If I had challenged Macron to a duel at sunrise, I doubt he would have responded.”
Is that really an “opinion”?
Or just an objective fact of reality?
Would Macron himself even argue that he isn’t causing the decay of France, or just say that this is good, because it will end racism?
The slapping incident occurred on Tuesday, when Macron was visiting the department of Drome in southeastern France. The president approached a crowd of onlookers in the village of Tain-l’Hermitage, apparently seeking to shake hands with the people – as he came straight up to the suspect.
Tarel was holding Macron by one hand as he slapped him with another one, footage of the incident that immediately went viral shows. The suspect also shouted the royalist slogan “Montjoie Saint Denis” and “Down with Macron-ism” as he slapped the president.
It was a light slap.
It was not an assault, but simply an attempt to humiliate, and to send a message.
One of the problems with democracy is that people have things forced on them against their will by a totally unaccountable government, and they have no ability to voice any opposition to what is being forced on them. Never before in all of history has there been a system of government where the population had no options at all for stating disagreement with dictates being forced on them.
No one supports slapping, but you have to ask: in a system that doesn’t allow citizens to petition the government at all, and where the government has carte blanche ability to force the population to do egregious things against their will, how do you expect people to respond?
Of course, the answer is they expect people to just lie there and take it, as that is the values of democracy.
At some point, we are going to ask if a system this oppressive, where the masses of people have no input at all on the way the government functions, is sustainable long-term. At some point, the masses will become fed up with the lack of freedom and brutal oppression of democracy, and instead of one angry slapper, you will have millions of angry slappers, demanding that they have some say in the way the country is run.