His investiture continues to be controversial. Candidate of the presidential majority for the legislative elections, sentenced for domestic violence, Jérôme Peyrat triggers strong criticism from the opposition. This former counselor at the Élysée Palace was sentenced in September 2020 to a suspended fine of 3,000 euros in a case of violence against an ex-companion. The delegate general of La République en Marche (LREM) Stanislas Guerini took up his defense on Wednesday, May 18. “He’s an honest man, I don’t think he’s capable of violence against women,” Stanislas Guerini told France Info. “If I had the conviction or even the suspicion that we are dealing with someone who could be violent and guilty of violence against women, I would never have accepted this investiture,” he said. .
Stanislas Guerini declared that he had “taken the time to read the recitals [of the judgment, editor’s note], to understand, to know if, basically, we could have someone who could be capable of voluntary violence, I believe and I am even infinitely convinced that it was not the case”. Stanislas Guerini also assured that he wanted “never to give the impression that we could prevent the release of women’s speech, that we could prevent the judicialization of cases when there is intramarital violence”, but that you had to “look at things in their complexity”.
“In this case, there was a dispute, two convictions, on both sides, and I think we can respect that,” he added, noting that the ex-companion of Jérôme Peyrat “was also condemned”. The violence observed had earned his ex-wife 14 days of ITT. According to France Bleu, she herself was fined 500 and 800 euros for malicious calls and SMS to Jérôme Peyrat and relatives.
The words of @StanGuerini are at �� I am thinking of women victims of domestic violence who hear these remarks of incredible violence. Going from the great cause of the five-year term to the great tartufferie. We need a reaction from the majority leader @Elisabeth_Borne! https://t.co/GL1RsjU3rL
On social networks, this defense of Jérôme Peyrat immediately earned Stanislas Guerini a slew of criticism from the opposition. “What a shame, what a shipwreck,” LFI MP Mathilde Panot reacted on Twitter. “I am thinking of women victims of domestic violence who hear these remarks of incredible violence. Going from the great cause of the five-year term to the great tartufferie. We need a reaction from the majority leader Élisabeth Borne, “said socialist senator Rachid Temal. The investiture of Jérôme Peyrat in the Dordogne at the expense of the outgoing Macronist deputy Jacqueline Dubois causes shocks even in the majority.
Supporters of Jacqueline Dubois, local LREM activists issued a protest statement on Sunday. “Can a candidate inspire female citizens to get involved as they take the place of our constituency’s first elected female MP?” […] Finally, will he be able to defend the great cause of the quinquennium, precisely that of women? they wrote. In the wake of the MeToo movement, accusations of violence against women have arisen in an unprecedented way in the campaign for the June legislative elections: in addition to the withdrawal of Taha Bouhafs from LFI, several candidates are under fire from critics.