The Quatennens affair shakes the Mélenchonie
“Amazement”, “affection”, “overlapping bonds of friendship”: the withdrawal of Adrien Quatennens from the coordination of La France insoumise due to domestic violence shakes the movement of Jean-Luc Mélenchon, his Nupes partners stress “fragility” in the management of these cases.
MEP Manon Aubry told France info on Monday of the “surprise” felt by the Insoumis at the revelation last Tuesday of a handrail deposited by the wife of the Northern MEP: “None of us had any information”. But “the amazement quickly gave way to action,” she welcomed her withdrawal requested by the LFI.
Despite everything, several Insoumis executives followed each other on Twitter to regret the loss of a talented comrade more than the slap and other violence inflicted on Ms Quatennens.
Jean-Luc Mélenchon set the tone on Sunday, denouncing “police spite, media voyeurism, social networks”. On the contrary, he praised Adrien Quatennens – whom he counted among his most devoted students and potential successors – for “dignity” and “courage” and repeated his “trust” and “affection.”
“Those are not my words. I think Jean-Luc Mélenchon felt a little betrayed by Adrien Quatennens,” explained Manon Aubry.
MP Raquel Garrido, who is close to the Insoumis leader, saw Adrien Quatennens, who went to public confession, as manifesting “loyalty to the collective”.
“There’s the pair of friends we love that we don’t like to see tear apart. There is political leader Adrien Quatennens, whom we admire for his honesty and self-denial,” MP Sophia Chikirou tweeted.
LFI MP Pascale Martin protested in a press release: “As a feminist activist who has been accompanying women victims of domestic violence for years, I cannot remain silent in the face of these reactions”, “inadequate and unacceptable”.
They can “stop women who are victims of sexist violence or acts within France Insoumise from reporting the facts to the monitoring committee against sexist and sexual violence that the movement has set up,” according to the Dordogne elected officials.
– “Weaknesses” –
MP Danièle Obono tried to put things into perspective: “In my opinion, Adrien is neither a bastard nor a hero. Domestic violence is a systemic reality, of a terrifying banality that we cannot/can no longer get used to.”
This case embarrasses the rebels all the more as it comes this year in the wake of the sexual assault investigation into LFI Finance Committee President Eric Coquerel and the overturning of Taha Bouhafs’ legislative inauguration on suspicion of sexual violence.
“It reveals a fragility of LFI, but it would be fair to consider that this fragility exists in all parties,” responded PS First Secretary Olivier Faure, one of LFI’s most active partners within Nupes.
He felt he “understood that the bonds of friendship sometimes intersect with a common interest,” “but there must be no exceptions.”
“The one who is most likely to take over (at LFI) is eliminated. The others are less strong. They will be annoyed,” judged a socialist MP privately. Who cares: “I don’t want this particular case to be a means of weakening the nupes as a process.” we all defend”.
Ecologist Sandrine Rousseau suggested Adrien Quatennens to withdraw “from the LFI group in the assembly”. But another Green MP told AFP the opposite: “It would be disproportionate if he loses his mandate as an MP, he has been elected, it’s not the same as resigning from a leadership” that was entrusted to him internally.
In any case, a few hours after his first tweet, Jean-Luc Mélenchon tried to correct the situation: “A slap in the face is definitely unacceptable. Adrien assumes it. It’s good.”
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