Man is fined for saying he was ‘going to smash a guy’s face in’ on Covid-19 form needed to be outside during lockdown in France
- The man, 39, headed out in the early hours of Saturday carrying a flick knife
- Police found him lurking behind a car in Lannion, Brittany, with a printed form
- A form is legally required in France for anyone who heads out during lockdown
- He has been handed fines and is being questioned about carrying a weapon
A man has been fined in France for breaking lockdown with a written explanation that he was going out to ‘smash a guy’s face in’.
The 39-year-old from Brittany faces further legal proceedings after breaking the strict rules in the early hours of Saturday.
All people in France who go outdoors for any reason must print or download a form to fill in declaring their reason for leaving home.
A man has been fined in France for breaking lockdown with a written explanation that he was going out to ‘smash a guy’s face in’ while holding a knife. Pictured: a masked man heads out in France
Police in the town of Lannion said the man was found lurking behind a car by a police patrol and asked what he was doing.
‘He explained that he was waiting for someone to “smash their face in” and was carrying a flick knife, local police commander Daniel Kerdraon told AFP.
‘He had the written form with his real name and the time he had left home – 10:15 pm. But we told him that the reason for going out was not valid.’
‘In his own way, he was trying to fulfil the letter of the law,’ he added.
Police in the town of Lannion (pictured) said the man was found lurking behind a car by a police patrol and asked what he was doing
The man, who had been drinking, was detained overnight and released on Saturday morning.
He was handed a mandatory fine of 135 euros (£120) for breaking the lockdown rules, and another fine of 150 euros (£134) or drunken behaviour.
‘We showed him how to fill the form properly and made clear that going out to ‘beat someone up’ is not a valid reason,’ Kerdraon said.
The man will be questioned again on Monday for carrying a weapon.