Ex-LREM deputy M’jid El Guerrab was sentenced Thursday in Paris to one year in prison and two years of ineligibility for the attack on former socialist leader Boris Faure in 2017, a decision he “will make appeal,” according to his lawyer.

The court handed down a sentence of three years’ imprisonment, one of which is firm, arranged for house arrest with an electronic bracelet, and an additional sentence of two years of ineligibility.

This judgment not being accompanied by an immediate execution, it will be suspended while the case is examined on appeal.

During the hearing, on April 7, the prosecutor had claimed three years’ imprisonment, including one year firm “arranged” and three years of ineligibility.

The 39-year-old MP will also have to pay 2,520 euros for a medical expertise which will assess the after-effects suffered by Boris Faure after his head trauma and record a provision of 15,000 euros for damages, the final amount of which will be fixed later.

M’jid El Guerrab “will appeal this decision, because he considers that (…) the ineligibility imposed on him is not justified, since these are facts that occurred in a private setting , which have little to do with his political mandate,” his lawyer, Me Antoine Vey, told AFP.

“The facts took place in a political context”, on the contrary judged Me Patrick Klugman, lawyer for Boris Faure, saying his “satisfaction” with the decision rendered and that “the repeated and desperate attempts of Mr. El Guerrab to to be judged after the expiry of the legislative elections (have) failed”.

He added that his client would be “attentive” to a possible nomination of a party to “this man who gives the feeling of sailing above the law”.

On August 30, 2017, an altercation broke out between the new LREM deputy for French nationals abroad and the then first PS secretary of the Federation of French nationals abroad, in front of a café in the 5th arrondissement of Paris.

A dispute had opposed the two men since M’jid El Guerrab had chosen to leave the PS to run for the nomination of Emmanuel Macron’s party in the legislative elections of 2017. He had been elected in the 9th constituency of French people living abroad, which covers the Maghreb and part of West Africa.

The tone rose quickly between the two men and the deputy struck Boris Faure twice with a scooter helmet.

Suffering from a head trauma and a cerebral hemorrhage, Mr. Faure had undergone emergency surgery and had spent three days in intensive care, before being hospitalized again a few days later. His vital prognosis had been engaged for a time.

Faced with the outcry caused by the case, M’jid El Guerrab resigned from the presidential party in September 2017, while keeping his parliamentary mandate. He then joined the Agir Ensemble group.

At the hearing, the deputy explained that he had “got out of (his) hinges” in an “incomprehensible” way, while reaffirming that he had reacted to an aggressive gesture from Mr. Faure.

He assured that he had become “fully aware of the seriousness of the gesture”: “I take advantage of the hearing to once again apologize to Boris for this act and this unpleasant moment that we are going through him and me, especially him” , he had said. Regrets qualified by his former comrade as “tartufferie”.

05/12/2022 16:26:25 –         Paris (AFP) –         © 2022 AFP