French woman ‘faked kid­nap­ping’ to be with lover

Global Times - - Mosaic -

A French court on Thurs­day handed a six-month sus­pended jail term to a woman who claimed to have been kid­napped – spark­ing a mas­sive search – in order to be with her lover.

The court in the town of Mende also or­dered 25-year-old Sandy Gail­lard, an ac­tivist with the far­right Na­tional Front party, to pay a fine of 5,000 eu­ros ($5,800) and seek psy­cho­log­i­cal help.

Gail­lard, who was sep­a­rated from her husband, was liv­ing with a boyfriend in the nearby town of Rieu­tort-de-Ran­don when she came up with the ruse in order to have a tryst with a third man.

The boyfriend alerted po­lice af­ter she sent him a text mes­sage say­ing she had been kid­napped and thrown into the boot of a black car.

A mas­sive search lasted more than 24 hours as around 50 sol­diers backed by a he­li­copter scoured the re­gion be­fore Gail­lard reap­peared.

She raised sus­pi­cions with her calm ac­count that her ab­duc­tors had sim­ply de­cided to free her, along with sev­eral in­con­sis­ten­cies in her story.

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