Adrien Quatennens case: the return to the Assembly in early October of the deputy from the North seems very complicated

While this Monday the Lille prosecutor’s office confirmed that it had seized the handrail filed by Céline Quatennens, La France insoumise was struggling to find the right tone.

The Nupes would no doubt have liked to form this group of progressive parties aimed at advancing feminism. But the Coquerel affair and today that which concerns Adrien Quatennens came to crack this veneer putting the elected representatives of this large composite family in variously uncomfortable situations.

In the first row, La France insoumise which, since Tuesday, manages not without difficulty the case of domestic violence which concerns the latter. While this Monday the Lille prosecutor’s office confirmed that it had seized the handrail filed by Céline Quatennens, the party was struggling to find the right tone. At first, Jean-Luc Mélenchon brought, in a tweet, his support to Adrien Quatennens, welcoming “Adrien’s dignity and courage. I tell him my confidence and my affection.”

“In a context of extreme tension and mutual aggression, I gave a slap”

An exit which caused an outcry on the left, qualified in particular “from another world” by environmentalist senator Mélanie Vogel or even “lamentable” by Luc Broussy, president of the national council of the PS. A position that is difficult to hold after the deputy from the North himself acknowledged the facts as follows: “In a context of extreme tension and mutual aggression, I gave a slap.” Jean-Luc Méléchon therefore tried to correct the situation, ensuring: “A slap is unacceptable in any case.” Close the bench. A minimum service denounced by Pascale Martin, LFI deputy for Dordogne, who sees it as a “a minimization of the facts committed and a lack of knowledge of the reality of domestic violence”.

Almost as embarrassed, the partners of LFI try to dissociate themselves. Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s reaction is unanimous against her. “It’s catastrophic”, assured, Monday, a leader of EELV who added: “Even his coaster is wrong.” “The leaders in the fight against gender-based violence are us, not them”, assured us another, emphasizing the work done internally since the Baupin affair.

In 2016, several EELV officials, including Sandrine Rousseau, accused MP Denis Baupin of inappropriate actions that could be considered harassment or sexual assault. “We have very strict internal procedures in place but apart from exclusion, we don’t have many other weapons,” assures this manager who adds: “What is needed is to free women’s voices.” But while distancing themselves, the partners do not overwhelm LFI, stressing that the party knew “bring a number of powerful women into positions of decision-making”. In everyone’s mind, the Nupes must not run aground on the Quatennens affair.

“Let him step back”

Sandrine Rousseau herself, always quick to denounce domestic violence and the domination of men over women, took a few days to react. Challenged from all sides, she ended up declaring: “He must withdraw from all public speaking, even withdraw from the LFI group in the Assembly. Adding: “It is not possible to represent men and women […] when one has been guilty of such acts.” Under these conditions, the return to the Assembly, at the beginning of October, of the deputy from the North seems very complicated.

Adrien Quatennens case: the return to the Assembly in early October of the deputy from the North seems very complicated