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a session of the National Assembly suspended after racist remarks

A racist outing from a deputy abruptly ended a session of questions to the government on Thursday at the National Assembly. The deputy in question would have launched “that they return to Africa” ​​or “that he returns to Africa”, during a speech by LFI deputy Carlos Martens Bilongo on illegal immigration.

The President of the National Assembly Yaël Braun-Pivet ended the session of questions to the government, Thursday, November 3, after a racist arrest in the hemicycle which provoked the indignation of the deputies.

During an intervention by LFI deputy Carlos Martens Bilongo on the “drama of illegal immigration”, RN deputy Grégoire de Fournas, identified by several parliamentarians, launched: “Let them return to Africa” ​​or “let them return to Africa”.

After a few minutes of confusion, the President of the Assembly ended the session “given the seriousness of the facts” and “the legitimate emotion” in the hemicycle.

The RN group claims that the deputy for Gironde was talking about a “boat” of migrants mentioned in the question and not Carlos Martens Bilongo.

“Grégoire de Fournas said ‘they are going back to Africa’ talking about the boat transporting the migrants to Europe (subject of the question to the government), in no case talking about the deputy”, according to the far-right group. “It is rather a not very classy manipulation of LFI”, estimates Sébastien Chenu, vice-president RN of the Assembly.

Indignation of the left and the majority

Racism has no place in our democracy”, warned the Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, after the racist arrest, indicating that “naturally”, the office of the National Assembly “will have to take sanctions”.

“Today the far right has shown its true face”, estimated, for her part, the president of the deputies LFI Mathilde Panot.

In the presidential camp, the Renaissance group “will not sit” before a heavy sanction against the RN deputy, said its vice-president Sylvain Maillard.

The subject will be on the menu of the next office of the Assembly, its highest collegiate body, brought forward to Friday.

According to parliamentary sources, the Member concerned is liable to “simple censure”, i.e. deprivation of half of the parliamentary allowance for one month or “censorship with temporary exclusion”, i.e. deprivation for two months of half of the indemnity allocated to the deputy with prohibition to take part in the work of the Assembly and to reappear at the Palais Bourbon for fifteen days.

With AFP and Reuters

France 24

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