Adrien Quatennens expelled from the Left Party

The MP for the North had been suspended from the party since September 20, when the case began. JULIAN DE ROSA / AFP

The decision was taken in view of the “principles” of the party and “its program combating violence against women”.

Adrien Quatennens, sentenced in December for domestic violence and who resumed his parliamentary work in January, is expelled from the Left Party, the formation founded by Jean-Luc Mélenchon and founding member of La France insoumise announced on Tuesday. “The national executive secretariat of the PG decides to transform the suspension of Adrien Quatennens into an exclusion”, the party said in a statement. The deputy from the North had been suspended since September 20, when the case began.

The party justified its decision by its “principles and its program combating violence against women, and in the light of communication that reverses the charge of violence”. He alludes to a television interview given in December where Adrien Quatennens details the circumstances of the slap in the face to his wife and the multiple text messages he sent her.

These facts earned him a four-month suspended prison sentence by the Lille Criminal Court, as well as a suspension from the group of LFI deputies until April. His interview also aroused the indignation of several rebellious executives, who demanded that the decision to suspend for four months be reassessed. MP Alexis Corbière notably mentioned a “review clause” before his scheduled return to the group. Adrien Quatennens has already made his return to the National Assembly in mid-January, as a non-registered. Nupes coalition partners felt that he should be permanently excluded from LFI.

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