Two Frenchmen Jailed for Brutal Assault on Gay Man

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This photo of Wilfred de Bruijn's bloodied face made international headlines in 2013 after he was assaulted while walking arm-in-arm with his boyfriend in Paris.

The two men who attacked him were finally jailed, Dutch News reports:

Two Frenchmen were sentenced to 2.5 years in jail, with 12 and 18 months suspended, in Paris on Tuesday for beating up a gay Dutch man.

Wilfred de Bruijn, who lives in the French capital city, was walking home with his friend one evening in April last year when the two Frenchmen jumped him. During the attack, which made international headlines, De Bruijn was kicked in the face, suffering a broken tooth and cracks in his jaw and skull.

A man who witnessed the attack but did not help the Dutchman was given a six-month suspended jail sentence.

Comments

  1. petey says

    Liberal laws don’t necessarily translate to acceptance at the social level. Even in politically liberal New York City, you never see two men holding hands in the street. It’s forbidden by implication.

  2. Merv says

    So, in France you’re legally required to get involved if you witness an assault? While it would be admirable, it seems a little too dangerous to be obligatory.

  3. Ernie says

    France is a joke. I have seen many stories about criminal convictions there and the sentences are always either partially or wholly suspended. WTF is the point of prosecuting and sentencing if you are going to suspend the sentence and send the perps on their merry way?

  4. simon says

    The nationality of the “man who witnessed the attack” is unspecified while those of everyone else are mentioned in the article. Probably a foreigner who doesn’t know French law. “Help” can mean many things, not necessarily physical intervention which most women or senior citizens are not capable to do.

  5. Jim says

    You beat a guy within an inch of his life, you finally get sentenced–to mere 30 months–and then you get 12 months or 18 months (more than half of the sentence!) shaved off. Why? Well, duh, so you can go out and do it again! This is grotesque. It’s another crime. Shame on French law, French courts, and French “justice.”

  6. Get real says

    The attackers are Muslims, per usual. Of course that’s not reported here. If we keep letting Muslims into the US we can expect the same thing in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. Wake up, people.

  7. SpaceCadet says

    @GET REAL, you’re an idiot. Self-identified “Christians” who already live in the U.S. are behind a lot of reported gay-bashings. I guess we shouldn’t let any more of them in either and start deporting the ones already here. Grow a brain!

  8. Eugene says

    @SpaceCadet

    No, you’re an idiot. Both Christianity and Islam are homophobic. But immigrants in particular tend to be even more homophobic. It’s a real issue, especially in countries where the percentage of immigrants gets high enough that they don’t feel like they need to assimilate. The situation is particularly dangerous because people like you tend to overlook the issue. The same kind of people refer to the criminals as “Frenchmen” while omitting their names.

  9. SpaceCadet says

    @Eugene,

    I’ll extend my idiot comment to you. You know the U.S. was founded by immigrants of many different ideologies and beliefs right? They have to assimilate as far as respecting the laws of this country and being prosecuted if they do not. Brush up on your U.S. history!

  10. SpaceCadet says

    @Eugene,

    I’ll extend my idiot comment to you. You know the U.S. was founded by immigrants of many different ideologies and beliefs right? They have to assimilate as far as respecting the laws of this country and being prosecuted if they do not. Brush up on your U.S. history!

  11. Bill says

    @SpaceCadet : It may sound like a quibble, but the incident took place in France, not the U.S.

    Immigration is a bit different in Europe due to their being a non-trivial number of immigrants who have the right to move to various European countries as a consequence of colonialism.

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