Adrien Quatennens in front of the National Assembly, in Paris on June 21, 2022 (AFP / JULIEN DE ROSA)
Céline Quatennens, the wife of Adrien Quatennens, formulated new accusations against him on Wednesday of “physical and psychological violence” exerted for “several years”, accusations that the LFI deputy from the North “categorically” disputes, but which have exposed to several calls to withdraw completely from the Assembly.
“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”, assures Céline Quatennens in a press release whose authenticity has been confirmed to AFP by her lawyer.
The deputy “categorically denies” these “false accusations”, replied his lawyer Jade Dousselin. “These statements come in the context of tense negotiations on the occasion of his divorce and disagreements on the financial terms and custody of their child,” added Me Dousselin in a press release.
“most of the charges have not been brought against him”, she underlines again, while the deputy is summoned to Lille on December 13, before a prosecutor behind closed doors, as part of a recognition procedure prior guilt (CRPC, sometimes called “plead-guilty”). “No act of repeated violence or harassment has been retained by the prosecution”, assures Me Dousselin.
Unveiled by the Canard Enchaîné, which had reported a handrail filed by Céline Quatennens, this case caused an earthquake in mid-September in La France insoumise. Adrien Quatennens, very close to Jean-Luc Mélenchon and one of the favorites to succeed him, stepped back from his post as political coordinator and has not appeared in the Assembly since.
In a long press release on September 18, the 32-year-old elected official spoke in particular of “disputes” since his wife’s announcement of his desire to divorce, specifying for example that he had “grabbed his 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 statements of Mr. Quatennens arguing in the media + a single slap in a context of extreme tension and mutual aggressiveness +, I cannot remain silent in the face of comments that I consider to be lies”, developed Céline Quatennens in his press release.
She denounced “a very personal version” of the chosen one 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.
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French MPs Manuel Bompart (left) and Adrien Quatennens (right) on May 3, 2022 in Paris (AFP / BERTRAND GUAY)
Insubordinate France has been thinking openly in recent days about the return of the deputy to the Palais Bourbon.
“We are working collectively on the terms and the timetable for the return of Adrien Quatennens” to the National Assembly, Manuel Bompard, unofficial boss of the party, told AFP last week. Adrien Quatennens expressed his wish to return, indicated several rebellious deputies.
A return to the Assembly “now impossible”, judges on the contrary the boss of the PS Olivier Faure, a major ally of LFI within the left alliance Nupes. For Mr. Faure, “our duty is to tell” Céline Quatennens “that we welcome her words and believe her”.
“He already had no place in our hemicycle. It’s up to justice now to decide. It can’t be settled before an Insubordinate court”, tweeted Aurore Bergé, leader of the Renaissance deputies.
The ecologist deputy Sandrine Rousseau also considered that Adrien Quatennens could “no longer sit in the National Assembly”, and the mayor of Grenoble Eric Piolle believes that “no violent man should represent the French people”.
“Step back, it’s necessary”, also judged the boss of the communists Fabien Roussel, another partner of the Nupes.
“Victim we believe you. Support for all victims of male violence. #QuatennensDmission”, the association Osez le féminisme tweeted on Wednesday.
“Everyone must respect the word of Céline Quatennens”, commented on Wednesday the deputy LFI Raquel Garrido, assuring that “the parliamentary group had never said that it was necessary a rapid return” of the deputy from the north in the hemicycle .