Prosecuted for 27 offenses, including provocations to commit crimes or threats against politicians or a journalist, the former yellow vest Christophe Chalençon was sentenced on Wednesday to eight months in prison and incarcerated.
The former figure of the movement from Vaucluse, who had led a list in the European elections, was prosecuted in particular for provocation to arm himself, provocation to commit crimes, public insults on the grounds of race or ethnicity, materialized threats in writing, aggravated threats.
Among the targets of his repeated threats and broadcast on video on the Internet, President Emmanuel Macron, the current government spokesman Olivier Véran, ex-Minister of Health, the economist Jacques Attali, and even a journalist from the daily La Provence.
“If they put a bullet in my head, Macron, he goes to the guillotine”, he had declared in particular during an exchange in February 2019, at the height of the mobilization of the Yellow Vests, captured by the camera of an Italian journalist.
“We have reached such a point of confrontation, that if they shoot me, he is dead too (Emmanuel Macron). Because the people enter the Élysée and dismantle everything. Him, his wife, and the whole clique, ”he also threatened.
Calls to hang Jacques Attali
In another video broadcast on June 24, 2022 on his VKontakte account, he also called for former adviser to President François Mitterrand Jacques Attali to be hanged. “I’m only telling the truth: Jacques Attali will end up high and short, but hanged. Well we are going to do that! Clack! He has vertebrae behind which will be severed, ”he said.
Hélène Mourges, the public prosecutor of Carpentras (Vaucluse), where the blacksmith appeared, had requested against him “no less than two years in prison”, she said on Thursday, confirming information in particular published by La Provence and France Bleu Vaucluse.
Christophe Chalençon, who defended himself alone before the criminal court on Wednesday, had already been sentenced to six months in prison suspended for “provocation to arm himself against the authority of the State” in April 2021.