|Born||21 May 1977|
|Known for||Attempting to assassinate French president Jacques Chirac|
|Criminal penalty||10 years|
|Date||14 July 2002|
|Location(s)||The Champs-Élysées, Paris, France|
Diagnosed with lymphoma in 1998 and undergoing chemotherapy, Brunerie found a propaganda sticker of the neo-Nazi French and European Nationalist Party (PNFE), and became a member of the group between June and November 1998, when he left the "agonizing party" to join the Groupe Union Défense, renamed Unité Radicale early that year. In June 1999, Brunerie entered the National Republican Movement led by Bruno Mégret, and ran for the party during the 2001 municipal elections in the 18th arrondissement of Paris. Brunerie also attended BTS studies in management accounting after 2000.
The week before the attempt, Brunerie obtained a .22 Rifle. On 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] 
Armed with a .22 rifle hidden in a guitar case, Brunerie attempted to fire one shot from the sidewalk at the passing presidential motorcade before spectators noticed Brunerie. Brunerie then attempted suicide but spectators were able to divert his gun before the police were able to arrest him. According to police, the shot was very wide and the shooter's inexperience and lack of preparation made unlikely a successful assassination attempt. 
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.
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.
After his release
In 2011, he released an autobiography 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. His political views changed; he requested a membership for the Democratic Movement but he got denied. He voted for Ségolène Royal in the 2011 elections.
In 2011, he posted an update on a literary review called Bordel; the update was removed before the review was published.
In 2012, he triggered a controversy by participating in the jury of a literary prize created by Laurence Biava.
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