Deputy Adrien Quatennens speaks again in the Assembly, applauded by some, booed by others – France
When he got up after 10:30 p.m. to present an amendment to the pension reform, MP Adrien Quatennens, who now sits among the non-registered, provoked contradictory reactions emblematic of the embarrassment of the parties on the subject.
Some deputies of insubordinate France (LFI), relatives of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, applauded him, like Gabriel Amard, Sofia Chikirou and Sébastien Delogu, although he was excluded from the group for four months. At the same time, elected members of Nupes left the hemicycle, deputies from the presidential majority cried ‘scandal’ and ‘shame’.
The intervention of Adrien Quatennens resulted in an interruption of the session. It leaves open the question of the fate that should be reserved for elected officials implicated in sexual and gender-based violence. All political parties have perpetrators of this type of violence in their ranks, but none has really succeeded in applying rules that apply to all.
Should these chosen ones be forever stricken with indignity? How long should purgatory last? Should it be modeled on the criminal conviction?
This Wednesday, LFI deputy François Ruffin relaunched the idea of a “national charter” common to political parties, unions and companies which would describe “how we proceed” so that “it is not settled in the small week”.
In the case of Adrien Quatennens, the courts sentenced him to a four-month suspended prison sentence, and the question of his future within his political family remains open.
And in that, for example, of Renaissance deputy Damien Abad, accused of several rapes, justice could only intervene in a very long time. Or not at all.
Applause: “the height of indecency” according to Aurore Bergé
For François Ruffin, political time does not necessarily have to coincide with judicial time. “There is a distinction between the sanctions taken by a party, by a union, by a company and the legal penalty”, recalled François Ruffin.
“If there are cases of corruption within a party, the party can take measures on its own that are not within the jurisdiction of justice,” he detailed.
End of inadmissibility at Renaissance, the party of Emmanuel Macron. The leader of the deputies, Aurore Bergé, recalled it late Tuesday evening: “We have always said that the only existing truth was the judicial truth”, she explained. For her, the applause which greeted Adrien Quatennens is “the height of indecency”.
“This is a subject that concerns us all,” judged the rebellious deputy Louis Boyard, returning the ball to the right and the far right. “Perhaps this reflection could be interesting for the LR or the RN? At home, have we not really heard of the liberation of women’s speech on this subject? “, he insisted on RMC, also believing that Renaissance was showing” opportunism “.
? “The reaction of La République en Marche is indecent when they have, in their ranks, Gérald Darmanin and Damien Abad.”
Louis Boyard, deputy NUPES – LFI, on the rowdy speech of Adrien Quatennens in the National Assembly. #ApollineMatin pic.twitter.com/pAwk331cRL
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Within La France insoumise and among its allies of Nupes in any case, the unease is deep. “We did not set an example, we mismanaged this affair from the start in terms of symbolism”, recently confided an LFI deputy.
The communication strategy of Adrien Quatannens, who shouted the day after his condemnation on BFMTV to “lynching” and overwhelmed his wife without her ever speaking publicly, “revealed an argument which is in the register of an inversion of the assaulted/aggressor relationship,” explains Danielle Simonnet, also an LFI deputy.
The movement must “see under what conditions it can speak on our behalf”, she added.
“By dint of not wanting to hear, we are in something conflicting which somewhat undermines all the efforts that have been made on this issue. It’s dramatic, ”regrets for her part to AFP the ecologist deputy Sandrine Rousseau.
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