Posted Nov 23, 2022, 5:08 PMUpdated on Nov 23, 2022 at 10:09 PM
The political pressure had become too great. In a short press release published on Wednesday evening, the parliamentary group La France insoumise (LFI) announced that the deputy of the North Adrien Quatennens “will not participate in the activity” of the group until a court decision is rendered in respect.
Céline Quatennens, the deputy’s wife, had denounced earlier in the day to AFP not only “a slap” but also “anger”, “crises” and “physical and psychological violence” exerted for “several years”, serious accusations which weighed more and more on the possible return of the deputy within the Hemicycle.
These words obviously triggered the reaction of the parliamentary group. “We discovered this Wednesday the statements of Céline Quatennens”, explains the press release from LFI. “Faithful to our feminist commitment, we take this word seriously, the serious accusations that have been made”, it is specified.
Support from those around him for LFI
“I have suffered his anger, his crises, physical and moral violence for several years. In recent years, I have wanted a divorce three times, each time under pressure I have backtracked, ”assured Céline Quatennens in a press release on Wednesday, the authenticity of which was confirmed to AFP. by his lawyer.
Adrien Quatennens “categorically denies”, his lawyer said in the afternoon. The entourage of the LFI deputy initially said they were surprised that the new statement “comes now when for two months Céline Quatennens has been heard several times and has been able to say what she had to say to the investigators”.
Unveiled by “Le Canard enchaîné”, which had reported on a handrail filed by Céline Quatennens, this case had caused in mid-September an earthquake in La France insoumise . Adrien Quatennens, very close to Jean-Luc Mélenchon and one of the favorites to succeed him, stepped down from his role as political coordinator and has not reappeared in the Assembly since.
Unable to return
“We are working collectively on the terms and timetable for the return of Adrien Quatennens” to the National Assembly, Manuel Bompard, unofficial party boss, told AFP last week.
A return to the Assembly “now impossible”, judged on the contrary the boss of the PS Olivier Faure, a major ally of LFI within the left alliance Nupes. For Olivier Faure, “our duty is to say” to Céline Quatennens “that we welcome his word and believe it”. “He already had no place in our hemicycle. Now it’s up to the courts to decide. It cannot be settled in front of an Insubordinate court, ”tweeted Aurore Bergé, leader of the Renaissance deputies.
“Everyone must respect the word of Céline Quatennens,” commented LFI MP Raquel Garrido, assuring that “the parliamentary group had never said that Adrien Quatennens needed a quick return”.
In a long press release on September 18, the 32-year-old elected official spoke of “disputes” since his wife’s announcement of his desire to divorce, specifying, for example, that he had “grabbed her wrist” during one of they. He also admitted to having “gave him a slap”, “a year ago”, “in a context of extreme tension and mutual aggression”.
“Faced with the declarations of Mr. Quatennens arguing in the media “of a single slap in a context of extreme tension and mutual aggressiveness”, I cannot remain silent in the face of remarks that I consider untrue”, developed the MP’s wife in her press release. She denounced “a very personal version” of the elected official and assured to speak “against his will” but to “rebalance things”. “It is unpleasant to me that my husband minimizes the facts publicly by discrediting my person,” she added.
On the judicial side, Adrien Quatennens was summoned to Lille on December 13, before a prosecutor behind closed doors, as part of a procedure for prior recognition of guilt (CRPC, sometimes called “plead-guilty”). He will respond to the only facts of the slap and the SMS sent after their separation “whose absence of malicious character had already been recognized”, according to his lawyer Me Jade Jousselin.