‘Let him return to Africa’: Assembly considers sanctions against an elected RN
“Let him return to Africa”: After the wave of outrage sparked by the comments of MP RN Grégoire de Fournas, the National Assembly decides on Friday and could temporarily expel the elected official accused by the other factions of racism.
The Bureau of the Assembly, its highest collegiate body, meets at 2:30 p.m.
In either case, the Bureau’s proposal must be approved by a sitting standing vote of the Assembly, which would be held at 3:30 p.m.
Nupes and the presidential camp advocate the “heaviest” sanction. “The question of his resignation arises,” Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin announced on BFMTV and RMC on Friday, adding that he would sign a petition from the Renaissance group calling for his resignation. LFI and the Greens are also demanding his resignation.
At the initiative of LFI, a rally in support of the attacked MP from Insoumis, the black elected official of Val d’Oise Carlos Martens Bilongo, was held around noon near the assembly, attended by a few hundred people.
“My person has been attacked, but so have people who look like me. Millions of French were attacked yesterday. In 2022 we must not give in to these ideas,” affirmed Carlos Martens Bilongo, surrounded by the elected left and Jean-Luc Melenchon.
On Thursday, during a question to the government of MP Insoumis on the “drama of illegal immigration”, the plenary chamber echoed a “let him return to Africa”, coined by Grégoire de Fournas and written in the report of the session.
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The RN assures that his deputy spoke about the humanitarian “boat” Ocean Viking previously mentioned by Carlos Martens Bilongo and “absolutely no way” about the deputy himself.
Speaking on BFMTV on Friday, Grégoire de Fournas, who “takes over his statements on anarchic migration policies”, accused Mr Martens Bilongo of “feeling a hit in community victimization”.
Carlos Martens Bilongo demands from him “the heaviest sanction” against a “racist verdict” by an elected member of a far-right party that “never changed”.
“Would it have been more acceptable” if the words of the RN had been addressed “in a critical situation to the refugees on the SOS Méditerranée boat”? he asked himself the day before.
He received the support of all other banks. Grégoire de Fournas’ words shook the gathering on Thursday, as MPs gathered en masse at the foot of the pole to call for sanctions in an unprecedented scene.
President Yaël Braun-Pivet ended the round of questions to the government prematurely, an extremely rare decision because of the “seriousness of the facts” and “legitimate emotions”.
Grégoire de Fournas, winemaker in the Médoc, is the author of biased tweets. “In Africa, they all love France and its allowances. We salute all of Africa?!” he tweeted in 2017; and in January 2022: “In response to the expulsion of our ambassador to Mali, all Malians must be expelled from France!”. The elected official defended himself on Friday for deleting other messages.
His departure weakens the notabilization strategy demanded by Marine Le Pen’s troops since the unprecedented election of 89 RN MPs in June.
The far-right group had already stirred controversy when the assembly’s dean, José Gonzales, immediately praised the French Algeria of his childhood on June 28, or during a stormy session in which two RN MPs treated Economy Minister Bruno Le Maire so had a “coward” and that of Education Pap Ndiaye as a “communitarian”, with cries of order in the key.
On Monday, RN MP Alexandra Masson also aroused the outrage of the left by considering in the plenary chamber that rescuers at sea should “save lives” and not “keep bringing more migrants”.
If Grégoire de Fournas receives a temporary ban, he would be the second MP so sanctioned, after elected PCF relative Maxime Gremetz in March 2011, in an altercation over what he believes to be poorly parked ministerial cars.
The last “simple censorship”, i.e. less, dates back to 1984. Right-wing MPs Jacques Toubon, Alain Madelin and François d’Aubert were sanctioned for questioning “the past of the President of the Republic” François Mitterrand.
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