A protester suspected of assaulting a firefighter during the May 1 parade in Paris on Wednesday was placed under judicial supervision pending her trial on June 1 at the Paris Criminal Court.
After 48 hours in police custody, this 38-year-old woman was referred to the prosecution on Tuesday for an immediate appearance on Wednesday afternoon.
In videos captured during the Labor Day demonstration and posted on social media, we see the suspect, an orange helmet on her head, trying to snatch a fire hose from a firefighter in the process of putting out a fire launched by some protesters.
After several unsuccessful attempts, she hit him twice on the helmet before he was overpowered.
The gesture drew widespread condemnation on social media, while Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin denounced the “unacceptable violence”.
At the hearing, Mrs. A, who tried so hard, often crying, her hair tied in a bun, and a jeans jacket, appeared, asserting her right to refuse to be prosecuted. She introduced herself as a “CDI employee hygiene trainer” after being a “caregiver during Covid”.
Pending a hearing on the merits of the lawsuit on June 1, the subject of this hearing was whether the defendant would be subject to house arrest.
The Paris public prosecutor demanded that he be held in pre-trial detention until trial, an “exceptional procedure” that he legislated, according to him, through a “certain form of danger” for the accused. The prosecutor shrugged: “There are questions about the woman’s mental state.”
When the prosecution asked her a little earlier about the danger of a repetition of the facts, Ms. A replied: “I work, I have a permanent contract, I am a mother, and I love my children.”
One of his attorneys, I’m Alice Baker, rephrased the attorney general’s question: “Can you tell the court you’re not going to a demonstration anymore?” The suspect replied: “100% sure, I sign all the documents for that.”
– A ‘devastated’ life –
The court eventually issued a judgment of judicial review accompanied by a ban on demonstrations in Paris and the possession or carrying of a weapon, as well as medical and psychological expertise.
One of the lawyers on the case, May Alice Baker, estimated her client’s life was “destroyed” within 48 hours of police custody and media coverage of the facts.
Her colleague, Anna Anuha Pasquale, reported the “complex life of a single mother” by Mrs. A. , who will soon be summoned by the courts as a victim of violence, in another case.
On June 1, a hearing on the merits of the case will address the charges of “violence against a person charged with a public service mission, contempt, rebellion, participation in a group with the intent to commit violence or insult during a demonstration and obstruction of access to assistance aimed at combating a disaster dangerous to the people.”
The lady “contradicted a large part of the facts,” said Mr. Baker. “The insults we scold him for, it’s not her.” And on the “violence, it never happened as summarized in the media.”
“I don’t understand how she could have hindered the rescue services because she is there, and the fire has already been put out,” she said.
The two lawyers also announced a complaint against the Paris Public Prosecutor’s Office and the police, which they accused of “extensive leak (information) and scandal in this file” to “unfortunate media coverage”.
His lawyer, Mi Jerome Andre, who also defends the Paris fire brigade, affiliated with the Civic Party, said the victim firefighter had “moral damage” but no bodily injury.