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Frenchman jailed for calling, texting his ex 21,807 times

FRANCE 24
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A French man was jailed Thursday for calling and texting his ex-girlfriend 21,807 times over the 10 months since their split. The man, who under French law cannot be named, admitted in court that, in hindsight, his actions were “stupid”.

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The defendant decided to start his epic 10-month barrage of calls and messages when he split from his partner, demanding that she thank him for fixing up their flat.

He had been hospitalised in the past for depression, and struggled to cope when his girlfriend broke off their relationship in 2011.

"At the time, my logic was that until she returned the money ... or at least said thank you, I would not stop the calls," he told the court in Lyon in southeastern France.

And the calls didn’t stop, averaging at 73 a day.

"She tried to block her line, but he phoned her parents instead and her workplace," said Manuella Spee, lawyer for the victim, a 32-year-old teacher who also cannot be named.

It was only when she finally said thank you – during a meeting organised by a mediator – that the harassment stopped. He has not contacted her since.

"I tell myself, with hindsight, that it was stupid," he told the court on Thursday.

Judges sentenced him to ten months in jail, with six months suspended, and imposed a 1,000 euro fine.

He will also have to undergo psychiatric treatment and is barred from all contact with his victim.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

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