Minister Éric Dupond-Moretti gives the Assembly two arms of honor, then apologizes
New surreal and violent scene at the National Assembly. According to our reporter on the spot, during the examination of a bill by Aurore Bergé (Renaissance), the deputy (LR) Olivier Marleix, at the podium, attacks the government. After having mentioned the indictments of Éric Dupond-Morettithe Minister of Justice, Olivier Marleix leaves to sit down again when the Keeper of the Seals “wins two arms of honor”.
“It’s something quite unspeakable”, denounced, taking the floor in turn, the deputy (LR) Patrick Hetzel. An outcry seized the Palais-Bourbon where the session was then suspended (a first time ).
The Keeper of the Seals who then defended himself, when the debate resumed, by ensuring that “the arm of honor was not addressed to the deputy Marleix”. “If you took it for yourself, I regret this gesture, but when I made this double gesture, I said it was a gesture of honor to the presumption of innocence. As far as I am concerned, I am particularly respectful of the presumption of innocence and some of you know it, he launched at the Palais-Bourbon. This gesture is not insulting to you. It is the gesture of someone who perhaps was wrong to react as he reacted.
Olivier Marleix then denounced the “rudeness” of the minister. “I didn’t make any accusation, I recalled a fact,” he said. And to conclude: “The apologies are not for me, they are for the institution”, before a new interruption of the session.
In a new speech, the former lawyer apologized. “Mr. Marleix, I am deeply affected by this moment that I have come to live. I repeat here with great force that I did not want to target the president (of the LR group) Marleix. But if my gesture has been misinterpreted, I apologize to him and to all the national representation, ”said the Keeper of the Seals.
A slippage that occurs after the “You’re going to shut it up” from Guadeloupe MP Olivier Serva (Freedoms, Independents, Overseas Territories and Territories) to a colleague at the end of November, theThe remarks with racist overtones of the deputy (RN) Grégoire de Fournas beginning of November or the photo of the deputy (LFI) Thomas Porte who had posed with his foot on a ball with the effigy of the Minister of Labor Olivier Dussopt.