Two people have been found guilty of the attack on Jean-Baptiste Trogneux, grand-nephew of Brigitte Macron. They were kept in detention.
Imprisonment, suspended sentence and continued detention. Two of the three attackers of Jean-Baptiste Trogneux, grand-nephew of Brigitte Macron, will return to prison for several months, this Monday, June 5, 2023, after the decision of the court of Amiens (Somme), which sentenced them to 24 and 30 months behind bars, half of which on the farm for each. A fourth person, a minor, must go before a juvenile judge.
On May 17, they violently attacked this distant member of the presidential family. A third defendant was acquitted by the court. The sentences imposed were not as severe as the requisitions made by the prosecutor, who asked for between two and four years in prison, with only six months suspended. However, he was heard on his request for continued detention. Despite a lighter deliberation and a release, the lawyer for the defendants regretted “an exemplary sentence”, declaring that “we are not here to set examples.”
Who are the alleged attackers of Jean-Baptiste Trogneux?
The three people mainly implicated in the attack on Jean-Baptiste Trogneux already have heavy mentions in their criminal records. The first, born in 1988, was sentenced for violence against a minor over 15 years of age, violence against a spouse and death threats (30 months in prison, 15 of which are suspended); a second, aged 23, is already known for willful violence against persons holding public authority (relaxed); a third, who is only 20 years old, has already been convicted of rape and sexual assault on a 15-year-old minor (24 months in prison, 12 of which are suspended).
After the attack, the Picard mail indicated that these people “were part of a group of demonstrators who gather regularly in front of the town hall”, according to the father of the victim. According to him, this is not the first time that the chocolate factory has been targeted, people having already tried to attack this trade. “This time, the opponents have gone too far,” he said.
On his side, RMC reported that the group consisted of a total of seven men between the ages of 20 and 35 and a 16-year-old teenage girl, all of whom were arrested. Six are known to the police, not the girl. The men arrested are 20, 23, 24, 26, 29 and 35 years old. Three of them are “protected adults”: two are under curatorship and one under guardianship. If four people were summoned by justice, the other four were released.
What do we know about the attack on Jean-Baptiste Trogneux?
This Monday, May 15, 2023, Jean-Baptiste Trogneux was the victim of a violent attack, in Amiens (Somme), on the sidelines of a demonstration against the pension reform. The reason for this attack would be due to his relationship with the President of the Republic. Indeed, the young man is the great-nephew of Brigitte Macron, wife of the president. According to his father’s testimony Picard mail, the manager of a family chocolate factory was taken to task by a dozen people who “stumbled upon him” while he was at his business. The group punched and kicked him, insulting him, the president and his wife. Jean-Baptiste Trogneux was injured in the head, face, knee and finger, requiring eight days of ITT. A complaint has been filed.
Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron reacted
This attack aroused the indignation of the Macron family, in particular Brigitte Macron who declared herself in “total solidarity” with her family, as reported BFM-TV. She also denounced “the cowardice, stupidity and violence” of the attackers and recalled: “I have repeatedly denounced this violence which can only lead to the worst.” For his part, the Head of State, traveling to Reykjavik (Iceland), brought his “support” and his “affection” to Jean-Baptiste Trogneux. “Violence has no place in a democracy,” he added.
The attack was also condemned by the political class, on the left as well as on the right. Some politicians have pointed out that this is a milestone in political violence in France. Marine Le Pen, president of the RN group in the Assembly, called for an exemplary sanction for the aggressors.
Who is Jean-Baptiste Trogneux compared to Emmanuel Macron?
The link between Jean-Baptiste Trogneux and Emmanuel Macron is not straightforward. It was through Brigitte Macron that this was created. The assaulted man is indeed the grandson of one of the First Lady’s brothers, whose maiden name is Trogneux. It is therefore the great-nephew of Brigitte Macron and Emmanuel Macron is his great-uncle.