French judges jailed a man for a year on Wednesday for posing as the nephew of the wife of French President Emmanuel Macron to get VIP treatment, reports AFP.
The 35-year-old managed to trick the French embassy in Bangladesh into allowing him to visit a Rohingya refugee camp and meet the ambassador. He also got an upgrade in a luxury hotel in Hong Kong.
"The court chose to punish the seriousness of the facts," the judge said, but added that his willingness to accept long-term psychiatric care was taken into account.
A psychological report described him as a "pathological liar" but did not conclude that he had a proven psychiatric disorder.
The convicted man, who last tried a scam in 2018, told the court he was attracted by "status, prestige, privileges" but denied having acted for money or "to do harm".