Quatennens: more than 500 feminist activists demand its "resignation from his parliamentary mandate"

So far, the rebellious deputy has “withdrawn” from his duties as “coordinator of La France insoumise”. The signatories of the platform also want him to “resign from his parliamentary mandate”.

“The aggressors and perpetrators of violence cannot represent our political struggles”. In a column of #RelèveFéministe published by Release, more than 500 feminist activists demand that Adrien Quatennens resign from his mandate as deputy for the North. “His confessions make him politically responsible”, write in particular the signatories of the text.

“The admitted facts are clear: a slap is an act of physical violence, the confiscation of a telephone and the sending of ‘too many text messages’ correspond to psychological violence”, can we read in the tribune.

In a press release published on Sunday, the rebellious acknowledged several acts of violence against his wife, Céline Quatennens, with whom he is in the process of divorce. This one filed a handrail. An investigation was opened on Monday by the Lille prosecutor’s office for “violence by spouse”. The elected official has “withdrawn” from his duties as coordinator of La France insoumise (LFI).

Refusal to “militate with male perpetrators of violence”

Among the signatories of the platform, we find activists from La France insoumise (LFI), the Socialist Party (PS), Generations but also from Europe Ecologie-Les Verts (EELV). Political formation in which the national secretary, Julien Bayou, is accused of psychological violence by his ex-companion.

“We categorically refuse to campaign with men who are perpetrators of violence,” say those who signed the platform.

Without forgetting to have a word for their “friends accomplices”. Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s reaction is thus mentioned and condemned with “the greatest firmness”. After Adrien Quatennens’ press release, the rebellious leader praised the “dignity” and “courage” of the deputy. Without having a word for his wife, victim of the violence which the elected official mentioned in his text.

“Make political space for feminists”

According to the signatories, “the lack of solidarity and the minimization of the facts contribute to the culture of gender-based and sexual violence”. And these “complicities of behavior” lead to an “omerta”.

A few hours after his first tweet, Jean-Luc Mélenchon had published a second. He then explained not to be “indifferent to Céline (Quatennens)”, while lining up behind the fact that she “did not wish to be quoted”.

Beyond the resignation of the deputy from the North of his parliamentary mandate, the platform calls for “the VSS cell (sexist and sexual violence) of LFI to seriously consider all the degrees of sanctions available”.

According to the activists, “it is high time to make political space for feminists who fight daily against sexist and sexual violence.” They thus call for a “feminist succession”.

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