Jean-Luc Mélenchon at the “L’Huma” Festival, September 10, 2022, in Brétigny-sur-Orge. THOMAS SAMSON / AFP After the withdrawal of Adrien Quatennens, who admitted having slapped his wife after the latter filed a handrail, the leader of La France insoumise (LFI) multiplies the odds. Jean-Luc Mélenchon assumed, Thursday, September 22, the tweet in which he salutes “the courage” of the deputy from the North and who has embarrassed his party so much. “I weigh my words all the time,” he said at the microphone of “Daily”, in response to the journalist who asked him if he regretted his exit on Twitter. “You are the one who regrets what you are saying,” he added, patting the reporter’s face. Since his tweets during the “Quatennens affair”, Jean-Luc Mélenchon had not spoken. He did it this morning… https://t.co/CZVjMY0Z4k— Qofficiel (@Quotidien) Mr. Mélenchon had reacted on Sunday, immediately after Mr. Quatennens announced that he was retiring from his duties within the party for “ protect the movement, its militants and all those who count a lot” on it. “Police malice, media voyeurism, social networks have invited themselves into the conflicting divorce of Adrien and Céline Quatennens”, he commented. And to insist: “Adrien decides to take everything on himself. I salute his dignity and his courage. I tell him my confidence and my affection. “Read the survey: Article reserved for our subscribers Jean-Luc Mélenchon, his lieutenants and “rebellious” feminists “A slap is violence” Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s support and “trust” in Adrien Quatennens had triggered criticism of the opposition and the embarrassment of LFI. The Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, notably judged on Tuesday, on the sidelines of a press briefing on the second bicycle plan, “extremely shocking to have someone who trivializes intra-family violence”. For her part, the leader of the National Rally, Marine Le Pen, reacted on France Inter: “To succeed in making a tweet with so many laudatory remarks towards someone who expresses the confession of having committed violence , It’s still amazing. “A slap is violence,” LFI MP Danièle Obono again tried to reaffirm on Thursday on Twitter. “It is not doing anyone a favor, neither to the victims, nor to the movement, even less to the people implicated, to minimize them”, can we read in conclusion of a message published on a purple background, color of the fight against violence against women. “No questioning” of the word of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, she then clarified in another tweet, but a “reminder of the fundamentals [de LFI] and a call to continue the long and difficult work”. Rebellious and rebellious, get the message across. Let’s not give up!✊🏾♀️ https://t.co/EWRNcEToZr— Deputee_Obono (@Deputée Obono) On Tuesday, during the back-to-school press conference of his political group in the Assembly, LFI deputies admitted to “groping” on a “complex” question. Clémentine Autain had assured in particular that “no one has[vait] procrastinated to say that Adrien Quatennens should be withdrawn” from the party, but that it was necessary to recognize the “complexity” of such situations, requiring respect for the presumption of innocence. Ms. Obono had followed suit: “Yes, we assume that we are groping, that it is a difficult question. Also asked about her movement’s management of cases of gender-based or sexual violence, she said “assume[er] to have failures, not to have a perfect protocol”. Read also: Article reserved for our subscribers The Quatennens affair, a first flaw in the domination of Jean-Luc Mélenchon at LFI Le Monde
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