The LREM candidate for the legislative elections Jérôme Peyrat, sentenced in 2020 for violence against an ex-companion, announced Wednesday to withdraw his candidacy after a series of criticisms in the political class.
“I hear that my candidacy for the legislative elections could harm my political family. I withdraw it, ”said the ex-candidate in the 4th constituency of Dordogne. “I invite each and everyone to look precisely at the facts of which I am accused, the court decision and the other decisions taken in this case”, he underlines.
“Covenant of bad faith”
Jérôme Peyrat was sentenced in September 2020 to a suspended fine of 3,000 euros in a case of violence against an ex-companion, causing 14 days of ITT. According to France Bleu, his ex-girlfriend had meanwhile been fined 500 and 800 euros for malicious calls and SMS to Mr. Peyrat and relatives.
“The alliance of bad faith, partisan shortcuts and good conscience has little cost, amplified by digital channels where anonymity competes with the ignorance of second-hand prosecutors, amalgamates an episode of my life on which I largely explained myself, with a violence that is totally foreign to me, ”says this former adviser to the Élysée in his press release.
His investiture had caused shocks even in the majority with the dissident candidacy of the outgoing LREM deputy Jacqueline Dubois.
“Leave no room for ambiguity”
It also earned controversy from the LREM general delegate Stanislas Guerini for remarks made on France Info on Wednesday morning. Which split a long message on Twitter explaining that he regretted the remarks he had made evoking “an honest man” to talk about Peyrat. “I do not believe that he is capable of violence against women”, he had estimated: “If I had the conviction or even the suspicion that we were dealing with someone who could be violent and guilty of violence on women, I would never have accepted this investiture”. Words that made the opposition jump, in particular the LFI Mathilde Panot, who denounced a “shame” and a “shipwreck”.
“I measure that the comments I made (…) could have offended and hurt. I want to reaffirm with force a total commitment of the presidential majority to support the freedom of the word of the women , explained the deputy. Before adding: “To leave no room for ambiguity in our commitments, I spoke with Jérôme Peyrat today, and we agreed together that he withdraw his candidacy”.
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