London, Oct 30 (ANI): A 40-year-old Frenchman who sent a joke email to the former Justice Minister Rachida Dati, asking for 'an inflation', was locked up for two days and is facing criminal charges.he unnamed contacted the MEP at the European Parliament in Strasbourg last week following her appearance on a national radio station when she confused the words "fellatio" and "inflation" - which sound similar in French.
At the time Dati managed to laugh off the mix-up, saying she had spoken too quickly.
After Dati complained about the joke email, the home of sender from Bourg de Péage region of south east France, was raided by Lyon's Judicial Police.
"My client's computer was seized and he was remanded in custody for 48 hours," the Telegraph quoted Ivan Flaud, the man's lawyer, as saying.
The man was traced through the IP address on his personal computer.
After being kept in a cell and then placed on bail he was ordered to appear in court on December 3 charged with displaying contempt towards a public servant, an offence which is punishable with a prison sentence of up to a month and a 10,000 euro (8,700 pounds) fine.
"My client solely addressed the email to Dati, and did not distribute it to anyone else," said Flaud, saying there was nothing offensive about it as it solely contained an innocent euphemism.
"The email was addressed to Miss Dati as a person and not as a public servant," he added. (ANI)