Questioned by a journalist from Daily, the leader of La France Insoumise distinguished himself by an inappropriate gesture on the latter. Filmed and posted on social networks, the sequence caused a reaction. Jean-Luc Mélenchon – once again – stood out in front of journalists this Thursday, September 22, 2022. The latter is singled out for his strong support for his comrade Adrien Quatennens in the slap affair. A humiliating slap on the cheek “Police malice, media voyeurism, social networks have invited themselves into the conflictual divorce of Adrien and Céline Quatennens. Adrien decides to take everything on himself. I salute his dignity and his courage. I say my confidence and my affection”, he had tweeted quickly after the media coverage of the case. Asked about this controversial support by a journalist from Daily Life (TMC), Jean-Luc Mélenchon seems to reflect before exclaiming curtly: “Sir, I weigh my words all the time. It is you who regret what you are doing. to say.” A few words accompanied by an equivocal gesture: a paternalistic pat on the journalist’s cheek. Astonished, his interviewer does not understand and recoils by reflex. A divisive sequence The sequence was quickly published on Twitter by the official Daily account and aroused many reactions, particularly from journalists. “A whole symbol”, evokes the political journalist Nils Wilcke. “The gesture of intimidation par excellence. Watch the movement of the retreat of the colleague a second later”, launches Sophie de Ravinel, Grand reporter at the political service of Figaro. And Manuel Bompard, LFI deputy for the 4th constituency of Bouches-du-Rhône to defend Jean-Luc Mélenchon by targeting Quotidien: “And you said nothing about Macron’s violent slap on Prime Minister Edouard Philippe. What an unfortunate oversight !” or again: “You forgot to denounce Macron’s violent slap on the Burkinabe president (sic) Roch Kaboré.”
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