President Macron addresses Toscan du Plantier murder and ‘new’ Bailey trial during visit to Ireland
The President of France has said that Ian Bailey could face a new trial for the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier should he travel to France.© Provided by Extra.ie
President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to the family of Sophie Toscan du Plantier during a visit to Government Buildings in Dublin on Thursday.
In 2019, a French court convicted Ian Bailey of the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier, who died 25 years ago in West Cork. No charges relating to the murder have ever been brought forward against him in Ireland.© Provided by Extra.ie
The President of France has said that Ian Bailey could face a new trial for the murder of Sophie Toscan du Plantier should he travel to France. Pic: Hells Kitchen/Barbara McCarthy via Sky Studios
At the time, Mr Bailey was sentenced to 25 years in prison but was absent from the trial, and Dublin High Court has since refused to extradite him to the French.
President Emmanuel Macron said this week that if Mr Bailey agreed to travel to France, ‘a new trial could be organised but so far, he has been refusing to do so.’
President Macron said: ‘The French court is now considering what to do next and is leaving a window, a period of time for the Irish and French courts to discuss, to decide what to do next
‘All of that should be based on the mutual trust of our courts, that is at the heart of the European project, so that a solution can be found.’© Provided by Extra.ie President Emmanuel Macron paid tribute to the family of Sophie Toscan du Plantier during a visit to Government Buildings in Dublin on Thursday. Pic: LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP via Getty Images
In response, Taoiseach Micheal Martin said that the murder of Ms Toscan du Plantier was ‘a terrible stain in terms of our country and in terms of what happened to a person of great substance, who loved her visits to West Cork.’
He shared that he had watched recent documentaries on the unsolved case and was struck ‘by the nobility and the dignity of Sophie’s family.’
The Fianna Fail leader added that it was ‘incomprehensible what happened on that particular evening and it does continue to grip the Irish public.’© Provided by Extra.ie Micheal Martin has watched recent documentaries on the unsolved case and was struck ‘by the nobility and the dignity of Sophie’s family.’ Pic: Damien Eagers/PA Wire
Ian Bailey has outright denied claims that he murdered Ms Toscan du Plantier, but shared that he has ‘forgiven’ whoever did kill the 39-year-old French woman.
Sophie Toscan du Plantier was found dead outside her holiday home in Schull in December 1996, and though Mr Bailey has been arrested twice in relation to her murder, he has never been charged on Irish soil.