Gunman Regrets Avoiding Suicide
VERENA VON DERSCHAU
Oct. 19, 2002
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PARIS (AP) _ The man accused of firing a shot at President Jacques Chirac told a judge Friday he regretted not having enough time to kill himself immediately afterward because he wanted to die famously.
Maxime Brunerie, a reputed member of an extreme right-wing group, admitted he intended to assassinate the president during the annual Bastille day military parade on July 14, judicial officials said.
Brunerie, who is being held at the medical and psychiatric section of a Paris prison, was questioned for four hours by Judge Marie-Odile Bertella-Geoffroy.
The judge is waiting for a psychiatrists' report due in early November before fixing a trial date, the officials said.
Brunerie regrets the assassination attempt _ but above all over his failure to commit suicide afterward so as to die a famous man, the officials said, speaking on customary condition of anonymity.
Brunerie is accused of pulling a rifle from a guitar case at the parade on the Champs-Elysees and firing a shot as Chirac rode by in a motorcade about 50 yards away. Bystanders pushed the rifle into the air as the shot was fired, and police wrestled the gunman to the ground.
As Brunerie was being apprehended, he tried to shoot himself.
Brunerie's lawyer, Pierre Andrieu, has said his client did not carry out the act for political reasons but ``wanted to get revenge for a pathetic life.''