“The motion or the pavement”. The tag on Eric Ciotti’s parliamentary office in Nice leaves no doubt about the meaning of the act of vandalism. The window of the local was stoned overnight from Saturday to Sunday to “put pressure” and that it votes on Monday the motion of censure on the pension reform, reported on Twitter the president of the Republicans.
“Last night my permanence was stoned. The thugs who did this want to use violence to put pressure on my vote on Monday, ”wrote the deputy of the Alpes-Maritimes, photos in support. “I will never give in to the new disciples of Terror,” he adds.
“Bad place to complain”
Eric Ciotti received the support of his camp, but also of elected Renaissance or leftists like the socialist Jérôme Guedj. But for LFI leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon, “Mr. Ciotti is very badly placed to complain ”because he had not condemned in the past degradations of LFI permanence.
“Obviously none of us can approve of the attack on a parliamentary office. But if you don’t want violence, accept democracy,” added Mélenchon to RTL-Le Figaro-LCI.
The president of the LR affirms him: “I will never give in to the new disciples of Terror”. In a press release, he accuses the Insoumis, who “legitimize by their speeches and their actions, this unacceptable violence”.
In favor of the highly contested pension reform, Mr. Ciotti has already indicated that his party would not vote “any” of the motions of censure tabled against the government, so as not to “add chaos to chaos”. But a handful of deputies from his camp have already announced that they would at least vote for the transpartisan motion presented by the independent group Liot.
Stickers on other hotlines
Opponents of the pension reform are taking advantage of the weekend to express their anger, after the activation of 49.3 by the Prime Minister on Thursday, and before the debate on Monday in the Assembly on the motions of Liot and the RN.
Other pro-reform parliamentarians have also been targeted since Thursday. Stickers were stuck that day on the permanence of the deputy of Val-de-Marne Mathieu Lefèvre (Renaissance) and that of the senator of Pas-de-Calais Amel Gacquerre (Centrist Union) was tagged on Friday.
The public prosecutor of Colmar, Catherine Sorita-Minard, confirmed to AFP on Sunday the opening of an investigation for “intimidation of an elected official”, after degradations on the permanence in Colmar of the deputy of Haut-Rhin , Brigitte Klinkert, former Minister Delegate for Integration. Inscriptions like “you vote against us, we will remember it” were affixed to it, as reported by the newspaper L’Alsace.
Renaissance MP Karl Olive testified that he came to the RMC studio on Sunday under police protection, after receiving threats. “Demonstrating is a right. Destroy is a crime “and” I want us to have a firm hand, “he said about reprisals against elected officials.
As of Thursday evening, the patroness of the Renaissance deputies Aurore Bergé had asked the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin to “mobilize the services of the State” for the “protection of parliamentarians”.