A four-month suspended prison sentence was required Thursday in Brest against the young woman who had caused a massive drop in runners during the Tour de France in June when she held up a sign in the form of a message to her grandparents .
The representative of the public prosecutor Solenn Briand stressed that the 31-year-old young woman, prosecuted for “endangering others” and “unintentional injuries”, had “recognized the dangerousness of her behavior” and that she had expressed regret .
The judgment was reserved on December 9.
Dressed in pants and a navy blue sweater, the young woman, unemployed and without a criminal record, had fled the cameras on her arrival at the criminal court.
“My client is going through hell”
His lawyer Julien Bradmetz, who unsuccessfully called for a closed session, presented his client as having “a fragile personality for many years”. “This fragility has been increased tenfold so that today my client is living through hell,” he said.
“Go opi-omi!” – grandpa-mamy in German, her grandmother being of German origin – had written the young woman in large letters on a piece of cardboard to the address of her grandparents, unconditional fans of the Great Loop.
It was last June 26, in the town of Sizun, 45 km from the finish of the first stage of the Tour, part of Brest. The young woman, who lives in Finistère, brandished her sign, encroaching on the road, her back to the peloton. Several runners, launched at high speed, could not avoid it. The German Tony Martin, the first to fall, had involved in his fall many other cyclists.
Her message went around the world, but the consequences of what this woman called “stupidity” were severe.
“Not a terrorist”
The Tour de France, which initially announced its intention to file a complaint, finally gave up saying it wanted to “calm things down”.
“This lady made a huge ball which could have had even greater consequences but she is not a terrorist”, declared the director of the Grande Boucle, Christian Prudhomme, on the sidelines of the presentation of the Tour 2022 route.
“By showing her panel to the cameras, (she) brought down about fifty riders, some of whom were forced to retire due to serious bodily injuries,” regretted Wednesday in a statement the international organization Associated Professional Cyclists ( CPA), civil party in the trial which lasted less than two hours.
Several riders had been forced to retire, including the German Jasha Sütterlin (DSM) and the Spaniard Marc Soler (Movistar). The latter, winner of Paris-Nice 2018, had three broken arms.