The Paris Court of Appeal issued a sentence dispensation for Franck and Ambre, prosecuted in the case of the theft of forks and a stool at Fouquet’s, during its ransacking in March 2019 during a demonstration on the Champs-Elysées in Paris.
The Paris Court of Appeal pronounced on September 13 an exemption from sentence for Ambre and Franck, a couple of yellow vests prosecuted in a case of theft of forks and a stool at the restaurant Le Fouquet’s, during a demonstration on the Champs -Elysées in Paris in March 2019. The 31-year-old caregiver and the 43-year-old SNCF agent will nevertheless have to pay a symbolic euro in damages to Fouquet’s, which had become a civil party.
“We would have preferred not to be guilty because the head of security at the Barrière group [propriétaire de la brasserie] gave us the authorization to take the cutlery and the stool ”, Franck reacted on September 14 to RT France. But “it is always better than having a conviction”, he continued, saying to himself “relieved because it is finally over”.
“This decision is extremely satisfactory. We simply regret that they had to undergo all that, “added their lawyer Arié Alimi to AFP, pointing to” the procedural weaknesses of the file “. At first instance, the couple was sentenced in December 2019 to one month suspended prison sentence by the Paris court.
The reason I went out in the streets among the yellow vests was the cost of living
During the hearing, on November 15, 2019, these two yellow vests from Tours to demonstrate in Paris had contested having “stolen” these objects. They had already claimed to have recovered them with the agreement of a security guard at the establishment. “We can see it clearly on videos distributing cutlery to other people as well,” Franck argued with RT France. Despite these explanations, the prosecution then requested four months suspended prison sentence and 70 hours of community service.
On March 16, 2019, the day was marked by significant damage and violence on the Champs-Elysées, in particular in the famous brasserie, which reopened on July 14, 2019 after four months of work. For his part, Franck had confided to RT France not to be able to explain the legal scope taken by the case concerning his couple: “I cannot understand all the means they put for five forks, a stool and a salt shaker. The reason I went out in the street among the yellow vests was the cost of living. ”