One other head has rolled on the French left. Julien Bayou is now not co-president of the inexperienced group in France’s Nationwide Meeting or nationwide secretary of the Inexperienced get together, the place he’s been an necessary determine since 2013, after being accused of psychological abuse in opposition to his former accomplice.

The Inexperienced get together — Europe Écologie les Verts (EELV) — is torn over the affair, which comes proper after a rift fashioned throughout the broader left-wing alliance — led by far-left chief Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s France Unbowed — over one other controversy surrounding violence in opposition to girls.

Mélenchon’s success in June’s parliamentary elections robbed French President Emmanuel Macron of his majority within the Nationwide Meeting, giving the left-winger and his get together unprecedented political affect. However accusations concentrating on two of his get together’s heavyweights in parliament have solid doubt over the administration of gender points inside France Unbowed, a celebration with a robust feminist stance.

Bayou’s case is now including to the left’s troubles.

In July, Le Figaro reported that Bayou’s ex-girlfriend had filed a grievance to the Greens’ inside staff which offers with violence in opposition to girls, after what he known as a “painful and troublesome breakup.” His job solely gave the impression to be on the road, nonetheless, after Sandrine Rousseau, a fellow Inexperienced and influential MP, re-upped the matter on France 5 final week.

Rousseau recommended Bayou had exhibited “conduct which may break girls’s psychological well being” and stated that Bayou’s former accomplice had later tried suicide. The get together subsequently suspended Bayou from his function as co-president of the group, and he has now stepped down as secretary as effectively.

In an announcement criticizing the style of his ouster, he stated, “I’m accused of info which haven’t been laid out, which my accusers say will not be punishable by legislation … It’s Kafka within the time of social media.”

Speaking to Paris Playbook, somebody within the get together’s administration, talking anonymously, questioned the style by which Rousseau focused Bayou on a TV panel, asking, “Was it vital to put the subject out on the desk like that?”

Some Bayou supporters suspect a political maneuver from Rousseau, who opposes Bayou’s favored candidate to succeed him in December’s election for the get together presidency.

One Rousseau supporter rejected this in no unsure phrases, saying: “Julien is a little bit ectoplasmic puddle who no person offers a shit about. Sandrine is doing this to battle the patriarchy, which for her is extra necessary than something.”

Mélenchon below hearth

In the meantime, Mélenchon brought on uproar in his personal ranks after clumsily commenting on one other case involving one in every of his personal lawmakers.

MP Adrien Quatennens, one in every of his closest allies in parliament, resigned as France Unbowed’s operations supervisor earlier this month after admitting he had slapped his spouse, Céline Quatennens — the pair are at present in divorce proceedings. French media reported that Céline Quatennens doesn’t intend to press fees.

Straight after Quatennens’ resignation, Mélenchon tweeted his “belief and affection” for the MP and criticized “media voyeurism,” earlier than explaining, “my affection for him doesn’t imply that I’m detached to Céline.” On Thursday, he doubled down on the tweets, saying he “all the time weighs [his] phrases” earlier than, bizarrely, stroking a journalist’s face.

Whereas rival events made predictably extreme criticism, seizing upon the chance to attain factors in opposition to a celebration that’s made stopping violence in opposition to girls a key coverage focus, a number of figures from Mélenchon’s personal get together additionally spoke out.

MEP Manon Aubry and MP Clémentine Autain stated that Mélenchon’s tweets didn’t converse for them, whereas one other MP launched a statement alluding to “some tweets [which] betray a belittling of the info dedicated and a misunderstanding of the truth of home violence.”

Autain and Rousseau are two of France’s highest-profile feminist figures, and are main voices with regards to condemning violence in opposition to girls. Rousseau was elected MP for the primary time in June; in 2016, she made headlines for accusing Inexperienced get together colleague and MP Denis Baupin of sexual harassment, kicking off a protracted authorized saga.

Mélenchon needed to make amends over the weekend, saying stated he “accepted” the criticism and condemnation of him on a France 2 discuss present.

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