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Quatennens (LFI) “disappointed” by the “charge in rule” Laurent (PCF) against Mélenchon

Ⓒ AFP/Archives – JACQUES DEMARTHON – | The deputy Insoumis Adrien Quatennens on 2 August 2017 in the National Assembly

The insubordinate deputy Adrien Quatennens said on Sunday “disappointed” by the “charge in rule” conducted according to him by the communist leader Pierre Laurent against Jean-Luc Mélenchon, absent this year from the Feast of Humanity.

Laurent, in cold with the leader of France rebellious but known for his reserve when it comes to talk about it, did not mince his words Saturday against the one he supported in the presidential. “No one can pretend to hold the truth to himself,” he said, arousing the irritation of the insubordinate deputies who attended the speech.

Did they feel “trapped” by attending this speech? “Trapped no, disappointed yes, assuredly,” replied the deputy to the Grand Rendez-vous Europe 1-CNews-Les Échos.

“We have come to the Huma Festival, as is our custom, with a fraternal state of mind,” assured the deputy of the North.

“Jean-Luc Mélenchon was absent, it was a long time that he was called to Reunion (…) there is a social situation (on the island) which required a political displacement”, he underlined, adding that “it was absolutely necessary that the displacement be assured before the re-entry of parliament” at the end of September.

For M. Quatennens, Pierre Laurent “spoke too much, with a heavy burden” against M. Mélenchon, whereas he regretted before the Huma Festival that “the commentators only speak” of his absence.

“Even if it is damaging, we will not make an incident,” said Insoumis.

“In absolute terms, we are working with the Communist Party,” he added, calling Pierre Laurent to “not incant unity” but rather to “work to make it work.”

“Do not wait for me to tap the Communist Party, it is the fruit of the speech of its leadership, it is not the tonality that is in the aisles,” said the deputy of the North.

Asked about Mr Laurent’s criticism of Mr Mélenchon’s refusal to say explicitly that he had voted for Emmanuel Macron in the second round of the presidential election against Marine Le Pen, Mr Quatennens retorted that “the vote is secret” . “I have not voted for Marine Le Pen,” he said, but he said, “You will not let me answer this question” about his possible vote for Mr. Macron.

“We have to respect the fact that yes, when Marine Le Pen is in the second round, it is no longer an automatism to block,” he said.

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