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Paris court convicts man who slapped woman in street assault that went viral

© Screengrab, France 24 | Marie Laguerre at the Paris courthouse on October 4, 2018.

Text by FRANCE 24

Latest update : 2018-10-04

A Paris court has convicted the man seen striking a woman on a Paris street in a CCTV video that went viral in July. He was handed a 12-month sentence for violence – including six months suspended – and ordered to pay €2,000 in damages.

The 25-year-old was also ordered to receive sexual and domestic violence treatment and forbidden from contacting the victim, 22-year-old Marie Laguerre.

France 24's Catherine Norris-Trent speaks with Marie Laguerre at the Paris courthouse after the verdict

Laguerre posted footage of the shocking attack on her Facebook page on July 25, describing how the man had made "humiliating" comments along with whistles and explicit language as she made her way home in northeastern Paris.

>> Flashback: Exclusive - Marie Laguerre on being harassed, assaulted in viral video

"So I said, "Shut up!" while continuing on my way because I do not tolerate this type of behaviour,' she wrote "I cannot keep silent and we must not stay silent."

But "this man didn't like that", she continued, explaining that he first threw an ashtray at her before following her and then "hitting her in the face in the street, in broad daylight, in front of dozens of witnesses".

The footage and Laguerre’s response to her assault was shared around the world on social media.

She later launched a website – www.noustoutesharcelement.fr – with the support of feminist activist groups. The site provides a platform for others who have been sexually harassed in the street to tell their stories anonymously.

(FRANCE 24 with AFP)

Date created : 2018-10-04

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