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Violence against women: the Quatennens affair, a “crash-test” for La France insoumise

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Published on: 09/23/2022 – 18:02 The case of deputy Adrien Quatennens, who admitted domestic violence against his wife, continues to cause a stir within La France insoumise and feminist movements. It comes to weaken Jean-Luc Mélenchon at the time when this one was on the point of going down again in the political arena. Every day has its unfortunate statement. After Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s tweets evoking the “courage” and “dignity” of Adrien Quatennens, who withdrew from the movement before the opening of an investigation for domestic violence, the leader of La France insoumise hit the nail on the head on Thursday, September 22. To a question from a journalist from the Quotidien program who stopped him in front of the offices of the National Assembly to ask him if he regretted his tweets, he replied: “Sir, I weigh my words all the time, c You’re the one who regrets what you’re saying”, patting the latter on the cheek. Then, on Friday, his former campaign manager and successor as deputy for Bouches-du-Rhône, Manuel Bompard, minimized the actions of Adrien Quatennens on the set of CNews: “I try to make sense of things: a slap is never acceptable but a slap does not equal a man beating his wife every day,” he said. Remarks which aroused strong reactions from the Minister Delegate for Gender Equality, Isabelle Rome, who spoke of “abject remarks which trivialize violence”, but also from the feminist activist and adviser Europe Écologie-Les Verts de Paris, Raphaëlle Rémy-Leleu, who challenged Manuel Bompard on Twitter. “At least stop making us suffer. Find the courage to talk about it with a feminist and take on board both your lack of knowledge on the subject, your political complacency, and the pain and anger you generate.” BUT IT’S NOT POSSIBLE ! @mbompard without laughing: shut up! What you’ve been talking about with the rebellious comrades for a week is unbearable. Stop talking about the violence. At least stop hurting us. Find the courage to talk about it with a feminist and ⬇️— Raphaëlle Rémy-Leleu (@RaphaelleRL) September 23, 2022 Mélenchon’s reactions deemed “insufficient and unacceptable” The press conference organized at the National Assembly on Tuesday had already brought to light the embarrassment of LFI deputies forced to provide after-sales service. Two days later, neither Clémentine Autain, nor Manon Aubry, nor Clémence Guette, nor Aurélie Trouvou, nor Danielle Simonnet, all contacted by France 24, wished to speak on the subject. “Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s position has created significant tensions within LFI, that’s for sure. I don’t know if we can talk about a crisis. But what is certain, given the important role that Adrien played Quatennens, as number 2 of the movement, is that this situation is necessarily experienced internally as a major shock”, analyzes political scientist Bruno Cautrès. In fact, several voices were raised last Sunday, a few hours after the press release of Adrien Quatennens acknowledging having slapped his wife, to dissociate himself from the tweets of the rebellious leader. Clémentine Autain, in Le Parisien, and Manon Aubry, on Franceinfo, both said: “These are his words, not mine”. But it was the press release from the LFI neo-deputy for the Dordogne, Pascale Martin, who went the furthest, judging “insufficient and unacceptable” the reactions of Jean-Luc Mélenchon. My press release on recent events related to the domestic violence committed by Adrien Quatennens.
My support goes, and will always go, to the victims of violence. pic.twitter.com/otHtLEwi5F— Pascale Martin (@PascaleMartin24) September 19, 2022 “This affair is a crash-test for La France insoumise, believes Bruno Cautrès. We can indeed see that it introduces discussions and debates. see how LFI will be able to manage these internal positions and the media noise that goes with it.” Especially since Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s party has never been known to be a hotbed of participatory democracy. Decisions within this “gas flow”, as the former deputy defines it himself, are usually taken by a small circle around him. Little room is left for debate and contestation by the leader. same movements during the presidential campaign as the most advanced on the subject of violence against women. From now on, certain feminists, like those of the collective “Relève féministe”, just created, demand the resignation as deputy of Adrien Quatennens and are indignant at the reaction of Jean-Luc Mélenchon. “His tweet stunned me, I I said: ‘man defends man’. He knows, as the third in the presidential election, what influence he has in this country, he knew what he was doing”, indignant Sirine Sehil told AFP. “For me he’s burned out, he probably won’t run again but I don’t see how he can represent feminists,” she adds, while admitting to having “a little bitter taste” to have voted for him in April.>> To read: Sexist and sexual violence in politics: “Relève féministe” no longer wants to miss anything Beyond LFI’s relationship with feminist movements, what impact will the Quatennens affair have on the political weight of Jean-Luc Mélenchon and rebels in the public debate, even as they were preparing to fight important battles on pension reform, the tax on superprofits or the reform of unemployment insurance?” For Adrien Quatennens, we can clearly see that he is touched and that this affair will leave traces. He will have to devote time to his personal affairs and to the recovery of his public image, judge Bruno Cautrès. As for LFI, it is certain that he is never good that an event comes to disturb the image in a negative way and of a political formation. Now, has this affair penetrated deeply into society and will weaken them permanently? It is too early to say, we will have to look at the opinion polls in the coming weeks. “The march against the high cost of living and climate inaction, organized by La France insoumise and Nupes on Sunday October 16, will undoubtedly be a first revealer.

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