The control during which a driver was seriously injured and a passenger killed by police fire on Saturday in Paris turned into a political dispute on Monday between Jean-Luc Mélenchon, his opponents and the police unions, one week before the first round of legislative. The leader of the Insoumis, who is seeking the post of Prime Minister in the event of a victory for the united left, was quick to speak after the control carried out in the 18th arrondissement of the capital.
In two tweets on Saturday and Sunday, Jean-Luc Mélenchon denounced “a police (which) kills”, guilty of applying “the death penalty for a refusal to comply” and exercising “an unacceptable abuse of power”. “The prefect approves?” The minister congratulates? Shame is when? he added, also attacking the Alliance union which defended the civil servants, calling it a “factious group”. “The police, the gendarmes deserve respect. They do courageous, difficult work and risk their lives every moment,” Interior Minister Gérald Darmanin replied, “Insulting them dishonors those who want to govern. Let the investigations be done without using them as hostages of an election campaign”. Marine Le Pen, for her part, denounced the words “of incredible gravity” by Jean-Luc Mélenchon. Alliance announced a complaint “tomorrow” (Tuesday) and the Synergie union accused the leader of the Insoumis of “tapping a little more with the caïdat”, when he “knows nothing about the case”.
The police kill and the rebel group Alliance justifies the shootings and the death for “refusal to comply”. Shame is when?
With France Info, David Le Bars, secretary general of the Union of National Police Commissioners (SCPN), denounces: “As usual, it is both a lack of modesty, a lack of respect, including for the victims. He believes that “pointing the finger at a culprit, if there is a culprit, is to provide justice” and “regrets the totally nauseating postures of Jean-Luc Mélenchon”. “There is a very serious criminal case,” he continues. There are three policemen who stake their careers and their future. So modesty would be the minimum one could expect from a political leader. »
Invited this Tuesday morning in the morning of France Inter, the leader of La France insoumise returned to his remarks which caused controversy. “Obviously it’s my duty,” he replies when asked if he assumes these phrases. “I say it’s not normal that someone is killed because they refuse to comply; there is the law, punishments, fines but not the death penalty. Jean-Luc Mélenchon claims to place himself as an important voice of the opposition, in particular on this subject. “I turned it up, and I got what I want,” he says. People know that there is a political leader who does not accept the doctrine of the use of police force in place in our country. It is necessary to stop this escalation, otherwise we will be the United States of America. I am for a peacekeeping police – a local police – a lot of judicial police to dismantle trafficking “.
Almost simultaneously, Bruno Retailleau (LR), Christian Estrosi (majority support), Marine Le Pen (RN) and Xavier Bertrand (LR) all declared themselves scandalized by the tenor of Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s speech. On France 2, Bruno Retailleau believes that “Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s comments are intolerable and show that he is on the far left” and that he “owes an apology to the police”. Same story on RTL at Xavier Bertrand, who hammers: “It’s a scandal what he said, to make a business of permanent criticism of the police, it’s a scandal. And he would like to be Prime Minister, but never in life! »
�� “Mr. Mélenchon must be put out of harm’s way. This political figure would like total disorder in our country”. Christian Estrosi answers questions from Apolline de Malherbe pic.twitter.com/pKm5T9iN1e
“I find it very shocking (sic) the way Jean-Luc Mélenchon systematically attacks the police with totally outrageous remarks,” Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne said on France Bleu on Tuesday. “The police carry out a difficult mission in the service of the French. A few hours later, Éric Dupond-Moretti reacted in turn to the controversial remarks. “Of course Jean-Luc Mélenchon goes too far. He skidded and it’s a controlled skid, “said the Keeper of the Seals on BFMTV. “Those who dispense justice are not Le Pen or Mélenchon. Let justice do its job,” he added.
“I find it very shocking how @JLMelenchon systematically attacks the police with totally outrageous remarks”, @Elisabeth_Borne at the microphone of @WendyBouchard in
On BFMTV, the mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, is careful not to judge the current case. “We will not judge this morning, justice is done in court, there is a presumption of innocence,” he said while denouncing in turn the behavior of Jean-Luc Mélenchon. “We must put Jean-Luc Mélenchon out of harm’s way. To attack the police is to harm the Republic. Finally, Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s former presidential opponent Marine Le Pen (RN) protests against comments which, according to her, are “a real shame”. “I think he’s totally straying from Republican values,” she adds, “the truth is that he is committing extremely heavy defamation of the police. Jean-Luc Mélenchon is always on the side of thugs, criminals, he is never on the side of the police […]”.