LFI deputy Manuel Bompard minimizes the slap of his colleague and arouses criticism

Words judged “despicable” and “ashamed”. Asked on the set of CNews about the Quatennens affair, Friday, September 23, the deputy La France insoumise Manuel Bompard declared: “I am not minimizing the facts (…), I try to make sense of things: a slap is never acceptable but a slap is not equal to a man who beats his wife every day and a slapping is not equal to a person who is accused of rapes after drugging the people who accuse him”.

“We have to manage on these subjects to have nuance, to have principles that we must respect, and we must take into account the words of those who express themselves on this type of subject”he continued.

Several personalities strongly criticized the words of the elected LFI. First, the Minister Delegate for Gender Equality, Isabelle Rome, on Twitter: “Abject words that trivialize violence. Words that damage the fight against violence against women. Words that completely discredit you on this subject.”

“Shut up now! That’s enough !!” abounded in a tweet Marlene Schiappa, who also held this ministerial portfoliojudging that these remarks “do considerable harm to the fight for the protection of women against violence”.

On LCI, EELV deputy Sandrine Rousseau also recalled that“a slap to one’s spouse is a crime”. “That’s what we have to move because all these words are words that minimize actions”she said.

“BUT IT’S NOT POSSIBLE! “was also indignant feminist activist and EELV adviser from Paris Raphaëlle Rémy-Leleu, on Twitter. “What you’ve been talking about with the rebellious comrades for a week is unbearable. Stop talking about the violence. At least stop making us suffer. Find the courage to talk about it with a feminist and at the same time bear your lack of knowledge of the subject, your political complacency, and the pain and anger you generate”she insisted.

On the far right, Julien Odoul (RN) mentioned a “shipwreck”while Gilbert Collard (Reconquest) estimated that “the hierarchy [des faits] is, in itself, unbearable!”.

A few hours after these reactions, Manuel Bompard reacted in a statement posted on Twitter on Friday. According to the MP for Bouches-du-Rhône, this is a “bad argument”. “I never said, or thought, that a slap was not serious”he wrote.

“I am only recalling fundamental principles in law: proportionality of the sentence (…) and individualization of the sentences (…). Consequently, a slap will not be sanctioned as severely as repeated blows for months, even years”, he recalls. And the MP concludes: “The graduation is not used to minimize the facts but to adapt the answers and the sanctions”.

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