The Paris Court of Appeal on Monday pronounced an exemption from sentence for a couple of yellow vests in the case of the theft of forks and a stool at the famous restaurant Le Fouquet’s, during its rampage in March 2019 during a demonstration on the Champs-Élysées in Paris.
The couple had been sentenced at first instance in December 2019 to one month suspended prison sentence by the Paris court. He will nevertheless have to pay a symbolic euro in damages to Fouquet’s, civil party.
“This decision is extremely satisfactory,” the couple’s lawyer, Arié Alimi, told AFP. “We simply regret that they had to undergo all that”, he added, underlining “the procedural weaknesses of the file”, nearly three years after the facts.
During the hearing, on November 15, 2019, these two yellow vests had contested having “stolen” these objects, five forks and an ottoman, claiming to have recovered them with the agreement of a security guard of the establishment.
The prosecution then requested four months suspended prison sentence and 70 hours of community service.
On March 16, 2019, Ambre, a 31-year-old nurse’s aide, and Franck, a 43-year-old SNCF agent, came from Tours to demonstrate in Paris. The day was marked by significant damage and violence on the Champs-Élysées.
The famous brewery reopened on July 14, 2019 after four months of work.