Boxer Christophe Dettinger jailed after punching French riot police during protests
The twice-national champion said he committed a “mistake” out of anger at police. (Reuters: Gonzalo Fuentes)
A Paris court have given a year-long jail sentence to a former French boxing champion who was filmed raining blows on riot officers during a “yellow vest” protest last month.
- Dettinger said he lashed out of anger at police “beating” protesters
- The incident came to symbolise the violent nature of the protests
- A website set up to raise funds for Dettinger received pledges of $AU180,490
Christophe Dettinger, 37, was also given an 18-month suspended sentence in addition to jail time for the assault on police who were blocking protesters on a bridge over the river Seine.
Some among the protesters hailed Dettinger as a hero for the incident that has come to symbolise the violent nature of the protests against President Emmanuel Macron’s government.
The twice-national light-heavyweight champion said during the hearing that he was ashamed and had committed a “mistake” out of anger at police “beating” protesters.
Dettinger is nicknamed the ‘Gypsy of Massy’ after his hometown near Paris. (AP: Michel Euler)
A website set up to raise funds for Dettinger received pledges of more than 114,000 euros ($AU180,490) to help him.
The platform closed the page after he turned himself in several days after the incident.
Dettinger was caught on camera jumping over the railings of a pedestrian bridge blocked by baton-wielding police before swinging blows at two officers, forcing them to retreat.
One was floored briefly, where Dettinger was seen kicking out at him, but the policeman managed to get up and retreat.
Footage also shows Dettinger repeatedly punching a police officer in the head.
Nicknamed the ‘Gypsy of Massy’ after his hometown near Paris, the 1.92-metre-tall boxer was taking part in an eighth Saturday of anti-government protests that have undermined Mr Macron’s authority.