Justice Minister Eric DuPont-Moretti sent the arms of honor on a hemicycle to Olivier Marleix, head of the LR Group, who recalled his charges.
During the discussion of the speech of the revival committee for mandatory non-parole sentences against violent criminals, Oliver Marlix recalled several cases involving members of the presidential camp, including the Minister of Justice.
Eric DuPont-Moretti gave him two hands of respect, which he acknowledged, affirming his “regret” for his gestures, which he said were “not to Vice Marlieux” but to “the presumption of innocence” for the attack.
The Keeper of the Seals is accused of taking advantage of his position as the one-time head of the Ministry of Justice to feud with magistrates with whom he had fallen out when he was a lawyer.
The Court of Justice of the Republic (CJR) ordered a trial against the minister, but his lawyers filed an appeal.
With these hands of honor, “you have given yourself over to unworthy behavior,” LR Vice President Patrick Hetzel charged on Tuesday, in a first instance.
“I responded very actively, I want to say that it was around the gestures I was accused of, words aimed at the contempt he (Oliver Marlix) had for the presumption of my innocence”, the minister replied.
“I’m thinking of teachers who face difficult students. What a model!”, after a pause in the session, Mr. Marlix began, and this did not appease the spirits.
“I apologize to him and to all national representatives”, the minister finally announced, pressing left and right to make amends.
“This is something unacceptable. We are facing something completely new, this is a scandal”, the first secretary of the PS, Olivier Fauré, denounced in front of the press.
“Giving two weapons of honor to the leader of a group is unworthy of your activism,” LFI representative Mathilde Panot further pointed out.
After the minister’s apology, the debate resumed.
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