“I was sentenced for not wearing jogging”. In an article for the weekly Marianne, journalist Etienne Girard denounces the fine he received for non-compliance with confinement, nearly eight months after a check during the first confinement in France. He calls those who have “were thus sanctioned under fallacious pretexts” to testify.
On March 22, Etienne Girard is “went out to take the air with [sa] companion”, he tells franceinfo. “We passed a policewoman who asked us for our papers. I handed her my certificate, very confident, but she told me that I was not in jogging clothes”, he says, remembering however that, during a speech, Christophe Castaner, then Minister of the Interior, had specified “we can take the air “.
The policewoman finally asks for identity papers, before thanking the couple: “move around, go home”. This Wednesday, November 18, almost eight months later, Etienne Girard receives a fine for non-compliance with confinement, which he immediately contests. He also launches a call for witnesses on the site of Marianne. In 24 hours, the reporter received more than 100 testimonials, and emails continue to flow.
In a large majority of stories, people claim that they were not notified that they were in violation. “I will continue my investigation and publish a new article“, assures Etienne Girard, who specifies that he will go “at the end of his process” and will appeal again if its challenge is not accepted. Among the witnesses, some are still waiting for a response from the administration, more than 6 months after their challenge.