A man who murdered the mother of his two children on the island of Corsica in March 2019 has been sentenced to life in prison in a case that sparked outrage over the domestic murders of women in France.
Julie Douib was shot and killed by her 14-year-old ex-partner, Bruno García-Cruciani, just days after learning that prosecutors had closed a case she filed against him for threatening behavior, harassment and assault.
The widespread outrage over his murder became a call to fight feminicide in France.
A Bastia city court on Wednesday rejected Garcia-Cruciani, 44, claim that Douib’s death was accidental and ruled that he acted with premeditation.
He sentenced him to life in prison without the possibility of parole for 22 years and also stripped him of parental authority over the couple’s two children, who are now 11 and 13 years old. He was also banned from possessing a weapon for 15 years.
Douib, who was 34 at the time of his death, was one of 146 people killed by a current or former partner in France in 2019. He was in a new relationship at the time.
Her murder outraged activists against gender violence, who accused the state of failing to protect her.
The investigation revealed that Garcia-Cruciani had Googled murder sentences and how to “go live in Thailand” before going to Douib’s home and shooting him.
Garcia-Cruciani’s attorney, Camille Radot, had appealed to the court not to make an example of her client to appease public anger over domestic violence, saying he “was not a monster.”
In the wake of Douib’s death, French lawmakers introduced the use of electronic tracking bracelets for domestic violence offenders that alert women and police if known abusers approach their victims.
The Emmanuel Macron government also promised to improve police training on how to handle domestic violence cases and create 1,000 new places in emergency shelters for victims.
In 2020, the number of women killed by a current or former partner in France dropped to 90.