Maxime Brunerie

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Maxime Brunerie
Born (1977-05-21) 21 May 1977 (age 41) [1]
Courcouronnes [2]
Nationality French
Occupation Far-right activist [3]
Known for Attempting to assassinate French president Jacques Chirac
Criminal penalty 10 years
Criminal status Released
Motive Attempted suicide by cop
Conviction(s) Attempted murder
Date 14 July 2002
6 AM
Location(s) The Champs-Élysées, Paris, France
Weapons .22 Rifle
Imprisoned at Val-de-Reuil

Maxime Brunerie (born 21 May 1977 in Courcouronnes) is the author of a failed assassination attempt on the President of France, Jacques Chirac.


Early life[edit]

Maxime Brunerie was born 21 May 1977 in Courcouronnes, He is the son of Annie and Jean Brunerie.[4] He was a student to earn a BTS in management accounting, He also was a far-right activist, participated in protests and worked as a guard.[5][6]

Assassination attempt[edit]

While Jacques Chirac was reviewing troops in a motorcade such as this one on Bastille Day 2002, he was shot at by Brunerie.

On 14 July 2002, 25-year-old Brunerie attempted to assassinate French president Jacques Chirac by firearm during the Bastille Day parade on the Champs-Élysées.

The week before the attempt, Brunerie obtained a .22 Rifle.

The day before the attempt, Brunerie left a message on the Combat 18 guestbook saying "Watch the Tv This Sunday, i will be the star... Death to zog,88!" [sic] [7][8]

CRS in riot control gear

Armed with a .22 rifle hidden in a Gibson USA-branded [9] guitar case,[10] Brunerie attempted to fire one shot from the sidewalk at the passing presidential motorcade before spectators noticed Brunerie and diverted his gun before being arrested by police.[11] According to police the shot was very wide and the shooter's inexperience and lack of preparation made success for the assassination attempt unlikely.[12][13]

Brunerie was found to have been linked to the far-right group Unité Radicale (which was dissolved in the aftermath of the shooting), and had been a candidate for the far-right party Mouvement National Républicain at a local election, as well as being associated with the French and European Nationalist Party.

After the police searched his house, they found a copy of Mein Kampf and a skinhead-themed music CD.[7]

Brunerie's trial began on 6 December 2004. The court eventually found the defendant guilty of attempted murder, judging that his mental responsibility, though diminished, was not abolished. On 10 December 2004, Brunerie was sentenced to ten years of prison. He was freed after seven years in jail, on 3 August 2009.[14]

After his release[edit]

He stated that he did not want to kill Chirac, he wanted to commit suicide by cop by being beaten to death by the GIGN.[15]

He finished his BTS in management accounting in prison.

He was interviewed by Europe 1 not too long after his release, stating that he "lost it" in 2002 and wants to move on.[5]

In 2011, he released an auto-biography titled A normal life : I wanted to kill Jacques Chirac and now says he is far from any political activism. The same year he founded a book reselling company.[16][17] His political views changed; he requested a membership for the Democratic Movement but he got denied.[18] He voted for Ségolène Royal in the 2011 elections.[19]

In 2011, he posted an update on a literary review called "Bordel"; the update was removed before the review was published.[20]

In 2012, he triggered a controversy by participating in the jury of a literary prize created by Laurence Biava.[21]

In 2013, he participated in an protest against LGBT marriage where he was suspected of violence against his companion.[22]


  1. ^ Tourancheau, Patricia. "Le tireur s'en tire". Libération (in French).
  2. ^ Sulzer, Alexandre. "Maxime Brunerie: 'Un délire suicidaire et mégalomaniaque'". 20 Minutes (in French).
  3. ^ Tourancheau, Patricia. "Un tireur isolé vise Chirac sur les Champs-Elysées". Liberation (in French).
  4. ^ Bacqué, Raphaëlle. "Chirac et l'homme qui voulut le tuer". Le Monde (in French).
  5. ^ a b "Maxime Brunerie raconte son "pétage de plomb"". Le Monde (in French).
  6. ^ L, E. "Maxime Brunerie: 'J'ai complètement pété les plombs'". 20 minutes (in French).
  7. ^ a b "BALISES". L'Humanité (in French).
  8. ^ Tourancheau, Patricia. "Maxime Brunerie, un brun paumé" (in French).
  9. ^ Courtroom photos, may be obtained here
  10. ^ "Maxime Brunerie, qui avait tenté de tuer Jacques Chirac, est sorti de prison". La De Peche (in French).
  11. ^ "Mohamed Chelali, le sauveur de Jacques Chirac". franceinfo (in French).
  12. ^ "Chirac escapes lone gunman's bullet". BBC News Europe. 15 July 2002. Retrieved 14 October 2010.
  13. ^ "Assassination attempt on Chirac". Television New Zealand. 15 July 2002. Retrieved 14 October 2010.
  14. ^ "Attentat envers Chirac – Maxime Brunerie libéré à l'issue de sept ans de réclusion" (in French). France Soir. 22 August 2009. Archived from the original on 26 August 2009. Retrieved 22 August 2009.
  15. ^ Dumond, Julien. "Maxime Brunerie au juge: 'Je voulais me suicider'". le Parisien (in French).
  16. ^ "Quelle réinsertion pour Maxime Brunerie ?". Europe 1 (in French).
  17. ^ Catalano, Géraldine. "Confessions de l'homme qui voulait tuer Chirac". L'express (in French).
  18. ^ Lorriaux, Aude. "Bayrou refuse l'adhésion de Maxime Brunerie au MoDem". Le Figaro (in French).
  19. ^ "Royal, Montebourg et leurs encombrants soutiens". Europe 1 (Le JDD) (in French).
  20. ^ Solym, Clément. "La double peine de Maxime Brunerie". ActuaLitté (in French).
  21. ^ Brunet, Marion. "Brunerie, invité encombrant d'un jury littéraire". Le Figaro (in French).
  22. ^ Brenier, Georges. "Maxime Brunerie mis en examen pour violences sur sa compagne". RTL (in French).