Two men and a woman suspected of having attacked LREM deputy Stéphane Claireaux outside his home in Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon on January 9, during a demonstration against the health pass, were arrested on Thursday January 20 and put in exam the next day, the national gendarmerie announced on Saturday.
Acting within the framework of an investigation in flagrance at the request of the public prosecutor of Saint-Pierre-et-Miquelon, the investigators of the research brigade of Saint-Pierre proceeded to the exploitation of a “ten videos broadcast on social networks as well as the hearing of around thirty identified witnesses, ”explained the gendarmerie in a press release.
On January 9, the deputy was waiting for the demonstrators in front of his home “to discuss with them”, as he had told it on France Info when several people threw seaweed (set of seaweed) and various projectiles at him. “It looked like stoning”, had estimated the chosen one assuring to have avoided “within 5 centimeters a pebble passed near” his face.
The investigation continues
The Minister of the Sea Annick Girardin had denounced “an attack” and the deputy had filed a complaint.
Since July, 534 acts of “serious threats” against elected officials directly linked to the management of health measures against Covid-19 have been identified and more than 400 complaints filed, according to Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin.
One of the two men arrested has been identified as the one who tore off the MP’s mask. The other man and the woman were the authors of the seaweed jets. All three were notified on Friday of an indictment accompanied by judicial review (ban on contact with the deputy, ban on participating in a demonstration).
The gendarmes continue their investigations to identify other perpetrators.