Brigitte Macron’s “false nephew” sentenced to one year in prison

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Brigitte Macron, here in January 2021, at the Church of the Madeleine, in Paris.

TRIAL – A man who passed himself off as Brigitte Macron’s nephew in order to obtain advantages and privileges from luxury establishments, companies or institutions, was sentenced to one year in prison, Wednesday 27 October in Paris.

Now 35 years old, he will serve his prison sentence under an electronic surveillance system at home. He will also be subject to compulsory medical monitoring.

This usurper who had already been the subject of 17 convictions for similar or related facts appeared Tuesday and Wednesday before the Paris Criminal Court, which finally sentenced him to 30 months of imprisonment, 18 of which were accompanied by a reinforced suspension.

“The court has chosen to sanction the seriousness of the facts (…) and to take into account your desire to be taken care of and to benefit from a follow-up which is part of the long term”, declared the president of the 13th correctional chamber.

Through a false email address, [email protected]ésidence-france.fr, the man requested specific services, allegedly for the nephew of the First Lady: a VIP welcome in a luxury hotel in Morocco, places for a Formula 1 grand prix in Melbourne or a Club 2000 card from Air France.

These requests were signed by the names of Pierre-Olivier Costa, Brigitte Macron’s chief of staff, and Patrick Strzoda, Emmanuel Macron’s chief of staff, who had become a civil party. He will have to pay them one euro in damages.

His accomplice was sentenced to twelve months in prison, nine of which were suspended.

He says he acted “for the status, the prestige, the privileges”

The public prosecutor had required 28 months of imprisonment including 16 of firm prison, against the defendant, pointing to a “strong attack on the image of France”.

An argument also raised by Mr. Ennochi, lawyer for Pierre-Olivier Costa and Patrick Strzoda. “France is presented as a banana republic,” he said.

The defendant assured that he had not acted “for the money” or “to do harm”, but for “the status, the prestige, the privileges”.

He had been qualified, in the psychological report, of “pathological liar” and “mythomaniac fablulator”, without concluding with a proven psychiatric disorder.

At the hearing, Me Zagury, defense lawyer, regretted the absence of an in-depth psychiatric expertise, pleading in particular the need to “question the why”. “The risk of repetition does not depend on acknowledging the facts. It depends on understanding the mechanics of acting out, ”he argued.

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