A 27-year-old student has been sentenced to ten years behind bars for trying to assassinate the French President Jacques Chirac. Maxime Brunerie’s trial began in Paris earlier this week.
The court heard he tried to kill the head of state by pulling a hunting rifle out of a guitar case and firing a shot as the president rode by during a Bastille Day parade two years ago. Brunerie said he wanted to commit an “historic, scandalous act.” Described as an activist on the far-right, police say they found extremist propaganda of a neo-Nazi nature at his home. The annual Bastille Day parade in Paris marks the start of the French Revolution in 1789. The president was heading down the Champs Elysees when the shot went off. Bystanders managed to push the rifle’s barrel into the air. Prosecutors dismissed the idea that Brunerie is criminally insane although they agreed that he does have psychological problems.