The trial of a British man in France who “sexually assaulted” a flight attendant during a flight

French police and prosecutors announced on Tuesday that a British man will stand trial in France next month for sexually assaulting a flight attendant during a flight from England to Spain that had to make an emergency landing.

Regional prosecutor Reno Goodolle said the 66-year-old had admitted he carried out the sexual assault during a flight from Leeds, England, to Alicante, Spain, which forced an emergency landing in Nantes, western France, on Saturday morning.

The captain of the plane ordered an emergency landing, while the flight attendant filed a complaint and the man was arrested, the French border forces said in a statement to AFP.

Nantes prosecutors said in a statement that the attacker, a retired man, has been released and is currently under judicial control. He will appear in court for trial on December 13.

Godol added that the accused “confessed to what was committed against the air hostess, and he was very drunk when he was handed over to the border police.”

The French newspaper “West France” stated that the man was traveling on a plane belonging to the “Jet 2” company for low-cost flights.

She said he was accused of putting his hand under the flight attendant’s skirt and touching her private parts while distributing refreshments on the plane.

In mid-May, a Ryanair flight between Manchester, England, and Faro, Portugal, was diverted to Nantes, France, after five drunk English passengers disturbed other passengers.

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