The mobilization for Jacqueline Sauvage after she lost her appeal is growing. 66 years old, this woman is serving a sentence of ten years imprisonment for murdering her abusive husband after years of marital hell because of beatings and sexual abuse of her and her children. This Tuesday, January 26, Valérie Pécresse pleaded in a tweet for “presidential pardon” for Jacqueline Sauvage.
“I ask the presidential pardon for Jacqueline Sauvage, who has been, with her children, for 47 years a victim of heinous abuse,” tweeted the new chairwoman of the Ile-de-France region. A position which echoes with the Mayor of Paris Anne Hidalgo, who joined a support committee launched by actress Eva Darlan. It includes in particular Daniel Cohn-Bendit, Jean-Luc Mélenchon and actress Annie Duperey.
“Justice for Savage, release Jacqueline”
The president of the UDI, Jean-Christophe Lagarde, has also written to Francois Hollande to request this presidential pardon. In this letter, the deputy mayor of Drancy explains that Jacqueline Sauvage is “foremost a victim, who for 47 years suffered terribly from the violence of her husband. In all these years he beat and raped his wife and children”, he says.
Between 100 and 200 people also demonstrated on Saturday 23 January in Paris asking this favor. “I’m Jacqueline Sauvage”, proclaimed placards – overwhelmed protesters gathered at the call of feminist movements before the Bastille opera.
The day before, Femen activists were also demanding the release for Jacqueline Sauvage and came to the penitentiary in Saran (Loiret) where she is serving her sentence. Naked torsos, slogans painted on the chest: the seven women began to dig a hole outside the prison symbolizing a tunnel “for her escape,” as explained by one of the movement’s members.
The shout “Free Jacqueline” and “truncheon system, anti-women attack” the activists continued their protest for three minutes in front of reporters before leaving.
A petition calling for a presidential pardon was also launched. It had gathered over 351,000 signatures at Tuesday’s noon on the website Change.org.