LFI gets bogged down in the Quatennens affair
“Pathetic words”, “shameful”: La France Insoumise fails to extricate itself from the Quatennens affair, with a new controversy on Friday over a statement by MP Manuel Bompard alleging domestic violence committed by his northern colleague put into perspective, which has unleashed the criticism.
LFI was already in a bad position after tweets accused its chairman Jean-Luc Mélenchon of initially expressing support for Adrien Quatennens, who on Sunday admitted domestic violence against his wife, including a slap in the face, and by his stepped back position to coordinate movement.
On Friday on CNews, Manuel Bompard, MP for Bouches-du-Rhône and very close to Jean-Luc Mélenchon, asked for “things to be shared” regarding the actions of Adrien Quatennens.
“A slap is never acceptable, but a slap is not the same as a man beating his wife every day, and a slap is not the same as a person being accused of rape after telling the people who hit him drugged,” said Manuel Bompard.
“We have to manage to have nuance on these issues, to have principles that we have to respect and we have to heed the words of those who are speaking on this type of issue,” he said.
The government reacted quickly, through the Deputy Minister for Gender Equality, Isabelle Rome: “pathetic statements that downplay violence, (…) damage the fight against violence against women” and “completely discredit you on this issue”, she denounced Twitter at .
“Shut up now! That’s enough !!”, scolded Marlène Schiappa on Twitter, who also held this department before that of the State Secretary for Social and Solidarity Economy, and judged that these statements “do considerable damage in the fight to protect women against violence”.
“The more they talk, the worse it is for the women,” said Renaissance group chairwoman Aurore Bergé, denouncing “a pure clan, sectarian reflex” at LFI.
– “Fury” –
The words of the deputy from Bouches-du-Rhône did not go through among the ranks of the LFI’s allies within the Nupes either.
“BUT IT IS NOT POSSIBLE!” said Parisian feminist activist and EELV advisor Raphaëlle Remy-Leleu, urging the insurgents to “find the courage to talk to a feminist about it while acknowledging her ignorance of the issue, your political complacency and the pain and anger you generate.”
For her part, EELV MP Sandrine Rousseau recalled that “slapping your spouse is a crime”. “That’s what we need to move because all those words are words that minimize actions,” she said.
On the far right, Julien Odoul (RN) spoke of a “shipwreck”, while Gilbert Collard (Reconquest!) assessed that “the hierarchy (of facts) in itself is intolerable!”.
In light of these reactions, Manuel Bompard assured that he did not want to “contribute” to “permanently minimizing” the violence that women suffer, in a statement from “Focus”: “I never said or thought that a slap in the face is not serious. It is a serious and unacceptable fact.”
But he wanted to “recall the fundamental principles of law: proportionality of the punishment, individualization of the punishment. A slap in the face is not punished as severely as repeated slaps over months, even years”.
On Wednesday, the first secretary of the PS, Olivier Faure, who had called for Adrien Quatennens’ resignation on Saturday, apparently put the facts into perspective.
“Do you know the context in which this violence was expressed?” he asked on franceinfo, stressing that in the context of divorce “sometimes there are exchanges that are not mutually benevolent”.
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