Adrien Quatennens stepped back from his duties as coordinator of La France insoumise after the handrail filed by his wife. His lawyer invites in particular to make the difference between the “condemnation of a gesture”, the slap that he recognized, and that of a man.
Adrien Quatennens “wanted to set an example by telling the truth”. The lawyer for the deputy from the North, Jade Dousselin, indicated on BFMTV on Tuesday that his client “regrets” having slapped his wife, Céline Quatennens, with whom he is now in the process of divorcing.
“It is not what it is”, then added Me Dousselin. She recognizes that a slap is a “reprehensible act”, but recalls that Adrien Quatennens said that this gesture is “incorrect, (…) not normal and that it (should) not exist”.
“Mr Quatennens will have things to say”
The lawyer insists on the difference between the “condemnation of a gesture” and that of a “man”. According to her, the “scenario as it is written today, of a man who would have been violent following a divorce is not reality” and does not define “thirteen years of common life”. “He has the right today to defend himself against a definition that does not correspond to him,” said Jade Dousselin.
For the moment, the lawyer says she wants to respect the “secrecy of the investigation”, but she warns: “Mr. Quatennens will have things to say.” Jade Dousselin highlights in particular a “context for a year” within the couple which could “enlighten justice on what really happened”. An investigation for “violence by spouse” has been opened by the Lille prosecutor’s office.