On his campaign poster, he already makes the “V” for victory with his fingers. But Germain Gaiffe, legislative candidate in the 2nd constituency of Vaucluse under the banner of the “Sovereign People”, does not have the most common profile.
This 55-year-old man has just spent 24 years behind bars for “willful violence resulting in death without the intention of giving it”. He is also nicknamed “the skinner of Montauban”.
In 1997, he was accused of the murder of his boss, in Tarn-et-Garonne. Germain Gaiffe, tried before the assizes six years later, received 30 years of criminal imprisonment.
“I came out of prison on April 12, 2021”, he recently confided to the Dauphiné released.
A completely valid application. Indeed, anyone who has served his sentence, and therefore “paid his debt” to society, can enjoy the same rights as any citizen, and therefore stand for election.
There is, however, an exception, when a person is sentenced specifically to a penalty of ineligibility. This was not the case with Germain Gaiffe after his trial before the Assizes of Tarn-et-Garonne in 2003 and his judgment on appeal a few months later.
In the 2nd constituency of Vaucluse, where he is seeking the seat of deputy, the fifty-year-old will face Stanislas Rigault and his deputy Marion Maréchal, of the Reconquest party.
It presents itself under the colors of “Sovereign People”, a citizen movement.
“No one but me is more legitimate to be the representative of the people because I took 30 years on behalf of the people”, explains the person concerned in an interview with La Provence.
“Today, when I am incriminated, I do not care and in fact, this criminal record allows me to be free to denounce the system. As ludicrous as it may seem, my candidacy is more serious than the badly acted spectacle given by the elected officials, despite the budget they have” continues the candidate, who was nicknamed at the time the “skinner of Montauban” .
A nickname he owes to the sordid crime for which he was convicted almost 30 years ago.
In January 1998, we find in the Garonne, near Montauban, the legs of André Dursus, a business manager, missing for several months.
A year later, its trunk reappears, this time in the Tarn river, in Moissac.
Very quickly, the investigation incriminates Germain Gaiffe. His father, Louis Gaiffe, worked for the victim, and André Dursus allegedly blamed him for too poor results. Louis would then have sent his son and a friend “to hold him to account”.
In 2003, Germain Gaiffe appeared before the Assizes of Tarn-et-Garonne for the crime, alongside his father and their accomplice. From the accused’s box, they speak of an “accident” and deny having cut up the victim before throwing his remains into the water. It would be, according to them, the work of a “boat propeller”.
Germain was sentenced at first instance to 25 years of criminal imprisonment for “willful violence resulting in death without intention to give it”, which will be increased during the appeal trial to 30 years.
And if the situation does not seem absurd enough to you, you should also know that Germain Gaiffe married behind bars Alfredo Stranieri, nicknamed him, the “killer of the classifieds”, condemned for the murders of two couples in 1997 and 1998.
The union, which was the first between two people of the same sex celebrated in prison, is however suspected of being a provocation orchestrated by Dieudonné, witness of the marriage alongside the terrorist Carlos.
The couple of killers had also claimed the paternity of the daughter of the former Keeper of the Seals Rachida Dati in several letters. The mayor of the 7th arrondissement of Paris had even filed a complaint.
In 2017, Germain Gaiffe had already tried to present his candidacy for the legislative elections. He had to be refused by the administration. This time, the way is clear for the former prisoner. Since his release, he would work as a cleaning agent.
The first measure he wishes to defend if he is elected on June 19? “The impossibility for a person with a criminal record to stand for election,” explained the candidate for Provence. With his prison experience, he also wants to improve the treatment of detainees and “liken dealers to terrorists”, specifies the Parisian. An entire program.