Tuesday marked the beginning of the trial of an unemployed French engineer who is accused of killing three people in southeastern France in 2021 in what is believed to have been an act of retribution for not being able to find work.
In response to a series of terminations, the 48-year-old suspect, Gabriel Fortin, is accused of killing two directors of human resources and an employee of a jobs center, as well as attempting to kill another worker.
After the summary of the circumstances in the case was read aloud at the courthouse located in the city of Valence, Fortin proclaimed to the audience that “These are lies.”
He then proceeded to throw the finger at elected officials and magistrates, whom he said were “responsible” for his “situation” since they did not respond to his multiple complaints regarding being fired from employment in 2006 and 2009. He stated this was because the elected officials and magistrates “ignored” his frequent complaints.
“I was a victim,” the former engineer confessed to the investigator.
Investigators believe that the fact that his objections were ignored contributed to his desire for vengeance.
They further claim that he painstakingly planned the violent attack that took place in January of 2021. Three of the four victims who were attacked were connected to him being fired from a firm and a government organization. The fourth victim was an innocent bystander.
If he is proven guilty, he will spend the rest of his life in prison and has been dubbed the “HR killer” by the local news.
Patricia Pasquion, who worked as an executive at a Pole Emploi recruitment agency in Valence, and Geraldine Caclin, who worked as the head of human resources at the company Faun Environment, are two of the victims who have been affected by this case.
Estelle Luce, a director of human resources and a mother of two children, was shot and killed in her car, and Bertrand M., an executive who had been shot and wounded earlier in the day, was attacked at his home. Both of these incidents are alleged to have been carried out by Fortin.
At the time, the Prime Minister of France, Jean Castex, stated that the killings had caused “mourning to spread throughout the entire country.”
When Fortin’s mother took the stand on Tuesday, she described her son as a “thoughtful” boy despite the fact that he did not have a father in his life. She then broke down into tears when she saw her son sitting behind the glass panel.
It is anticipated that the trial will last until the 30th of June.