EXCLUSIVE – After a press release from the wife of the LFI deputy evoking “physical and moral violence” for “several years” on the part of her husband, the LFI parliamentarian wants her group in the Assembly to be able to hear her.
Like many elected Insoumis, Clémentine Autain was seized and frozen, Wednesday around noon, by the content of Céline Quatennens’ press release. The wife of the Insoumis deputy from the North Adrien Quatennens has indeed revealed, via his lawyer, to have been the victim of “physical and moral violence” on his part for “several years”: “For several years I have suffered his anger, his crises, physical and moral violence. In the past few years, I have wanted a divorce three times, each time under pressure I backed out.“.
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Facts much heavier, much more serious therefore, than a single slap recognized so far by the close lieutenant of Jean-Luc Mélenchon since the first revelations on this case of domestic violence, on September 18th.
“We must be fair and audible”
“The discrepancy between the legal qualification made public yesterday and this press release by Céline Quatennens obviously concerns me“Explains the LFI deputy for Seine-Saint-Denis to the Figaro. On November 22, in fact, the summons of Adrien Quatennens was made public. in court on December 13, for a “guilty plea”. A simplified procedure offered to litigants who have committed minor offenses when they admit the alleged facts. “I wish that our group, in one way or another, can hear Céline Quatennens if she accepts it“, indicates the deputy member of the LFI group in the Assembly. “Our decision regarding Adrien Quatennens must take into account her word and not just his. We must be fair and audible.»
So far, Adrien Quatennens has not set foot in Parliament. His return was already source of tension and at least questions in the group and beyond. It is today very clearly called into question. As an aside, an Insoumis deputy told the Figaro that these tensions have a direct relationship with their leader. “ It pitches, indicate this sourcebecause many fear or do not want to upset Jean-Luc Mélenchon “.
Because in this case of violence, the triple presidential candidate immediately showed his support for his lieutenant. Too rapid support from the first revelations of the Canard enchaîné in September, without a first word of support for the wife, who will be very reproached to him. In Sunday in politics on France 3, on October 9, Jean-Luc Mélenchon had a little later vigorously defended the return of Adrien Quatennens to the Assembly. He also wished stop the lynching » « It is a repetition of political slaps given to him, from morning to evening, in all the media… »
Autain had already distanced himself from the defense of Mélenchon
“He’s not violent because he was violent once over a year ago”, added this intimate political friend of Adrien Quatennens. Clémentine Autain, at that time, had distanced herself from the words of the leader of the Insoumis. “I do not agree with the way he takes this story which, in my opinion, deserves to try to be understood from the point of view of the fight we are waging, that is to say the fight against violence against women, had very quickly retorted the deputy on BFMTV.
Another strong man of the movement, who had taken up space following the withdrawal of Adrien Quatennens, the MP for Marseille Manuel Bompard, had registered in a very close line from that of Jean-Luc Mélenchon. “A slap is not equal to a man beating his wife every day,” he said at the end of September.
Since September 18, Adrien Quatennens has been withdrawn from his post as coordinator of La France insoumise, a key position in this movement. In mid-September, the Lille prosecutor’s office had opened a preliminary investigation as part of its “proactive penal policy for the treatment of domestic violence.»
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