LFI: Adrien Quatennens “resigns from his position”
La France insoumise (LFI) No. 2 Adrien Quatennens announced on Sunday that he was retiring “from his role as coordinator” of the movement after the Canard Enchaîné revealed the filing of a “handrail” by his spouse.
In a press release on Twitter, the Northern MP has fueled “quarrels” since his wife announced his desire for a divorce, and also admitted to “slapping him in the face” “in a context of extreme tension and mutual aggression”.
Hi everyone, following this week’s events and for the sake of transparency and reassurance, here is my official statement. pic.twitter.com/ykwswNB4F5
— Adrien Quatennens (@AQuatenens) September 18, 2022
“I deeply regretted this gesture”, which “never happened again”, specifies the MP. Mr Quatennens also admits to having “sent too many messages” to his wife “to try to convince her that our difficulties as a couple could be overcome”. “I’m a man of dialogue. (…) I hate violence in general and especially against women,” he defends himself and presents his wife with “excuses again.” “I could turn my back, minimize the facts and wait for the storm to pass,” Mr Quatennens writes again, denouncing “infamous speculation” about him.
“But because I have political responsibility and want to set an example that I want to associate with and that has always been my line, I’m taking the political consequences,” he continues, stating that he has “withdrawn” from his position as coordinator, “to protect the movement, its fighters and all who rely heavily on him”.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon praises Adrien Quatennens’ “dignity” and “courage”.
“Police malice, media voyeurism, social networks have invited themselves to the conflict-ridden divorce of Adrien and Céline Quatennens,” commented Insoumis boss Jean-Luc Mélenchon on Twitter on Sunday. “Adrien decides to take it all on himself. I bow to his dignity and courage. I tell him my trust and affection,” he insisted.
Police boss, media voyeurism, social networks were in demand in the conflict-ridden divorce of Adrien and Céline Quatennens. Adrien decides to take it all on himself. I bow to his dignity and courage. I tell him my trust and affection.
— Jean-Luc Melenchon (@JLMelenchon) September 18, 2022
The Quatennen couple demanded “respect” for their “private life” in a joint press release on Tuesday, after the deposit of this handbook became known on the same day.
Mr Quatennens, 32 years old, elected MP in 2017, is one of the figures of the young guard of La France insoumise and his name has been mentioned, among others, for succeeding Mr Mélenchon at the head of the movement. “He’s thinking about it and he would be wrong not to think about it, he’s young, intelligent, talented,” one of his rebellious comrades recently blurted out.
This case comes at a time when La France insoumise, which wants to be at the forefront of this issue, has been caught in a bind this year over the difficult internal handling of the cases of Eric Coquerel and Taha Bouhafs, who are accused of sexual violence .
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