In her book Black Desire, Anne-Sophie Jahn investigated the tragic death of Marie Trintignant, killed by Bertrand Cantat almost 20 years ago. The journalist thus delivered chilling details on the evening of the tragedy.
A real tragedy. On the night of July 26 to 27, 2003 in Vilnius, Lithuania, Bertrand Cantat killed his girlfriendMarie Trintignant many beatings while in a hotel room. A drama whose trigger was an SMS sent by Samuel Benchetrit to his ex. Extremely jealous, Bertrand Cantat quickly flew into a rage before violently attacking Marie Trintignant. Aware of the attitude of her spouse, the latter had also forbidden her mother, Nadine, to talk about her past in front of the singer of Noir Désir, as revealed by Anne-Sophie Jahn in the book black desire.
In this book, the journalist also returned minute by minute to the events that occurred after Bertrand Cantat struck a twenty strokes to the daughter of Jean-Louis Trintignant. When he should have called for help, the musician preferred lay young woman in bedputting a “wet laundry” on the face. “Mary is stretched out on the carpet. He undresses her and lays her naked, unconscious in bed. She doesn’t say anything, she doesn’t open her eyes. The singer does not worry about it. He lays a damp cloth over his broken face. Is it possible that he did not understand the seriousness of his gesture. A little after half past midnight, the concierge who heard ‘like punches on the table, chairs sliding on the floor and chairs falling’, knocked on the door to ask them to make less noise“, reports Anne-Sophie Jahn in her book.
“Blood Flows From Her Mouth”
Bertrand Cantat then called Samuel Benchetrit to forbid him to contact his girlfriend, aside to discuss their son Jules. Once this call ended, the singer, finally realizing the seriousness of the situation, made a phone call to Vincent, the brother of Marie Trintignant. The latter, for his part, waited a certain time before alerting the emergency services, convinced that his sister was only asleep as Bertrand Cantat had led him to believe. “Blood flows from his mouth”, specifies Anne-Sophie Jahn about the victim. Marie Trintignant was finally transported to Vilnius University Hospital before being repatriated to Paris where she died of her injuries on August 1, 2003. For his part, Bertrand Cantat was sentenced to eight years in prison. Released on parole in October 2007 for good behavior, he has been totally free since 2010.