Elisabeth Borne claims not to have intended to injure a disabled listener

Elisabeth Borne assured Wednesday that she had “not intended” to “hurt” a disabled listener, to whom she offered to “perhaps resume a professional activity” during a program the day before on France Bleu. “What I want to say is that if the person – Dolores in this case – could have been hurt by my words, I regret it. Of course, I did not intend to hurt her”, declared the Prime Minister, on the sidelines of a trip to Versailles. The day before, Elisabeth Borne had spoken with “Dolores” who, moved, challenged her on her personal situation, and in particular on the “deconjugalization” of the disabled adult allowance.

A controversial response a few days before the legislative elections

Recalling that “aid for everyday life”, “which is not at all means-tested”, the Prime Minister then added: “And there is the way in which we can support you so that you can be resume a professional activity. I imagine that it is something that you could keep and there, there are structures for which it is the responsibility”. “Returning to a professional life, you know, when you have a chair …”, had launched the listener in tears in return.

Elisabeth Borne’s response provoked controversy, particularly on the left, in a context heightened by the first round of legislative elections on Sunday. “Brutal technocrat, E. Borne humiliates by mistake or by taste? A million unemployment benefit recipients know that she has picked their pockets. Here, she humiliates a woman in a wheelchair”, had notably written on Twitter the leader of the Insoumis Jean -Luc Melenchon.

Borne tried to contact the listener again

Marine Le Pen also criticized the Prime Minister during a press conference in Perpignan: Emmanuel Macron “appointed another himself” who shows “the same brutality, the same contempt, the same lack of empathy that was that (of the president) for five years”, she denounced.

For her part, Élisabeth Borne assured that she had “tried to contact (the listener) again. I did not manage to reach her, but my teams were able to have a long discussion with her. difficult life and I repeat that it is necessary to accompany her, to help her to catch up with this very delicate moment for her”, she insisted. Emmanuel Macron had promised in April to “move” on the individualization of the disabled adult allowance – that is to say its calculation without taking into account the income of the spouse -, a development that his government and his majority rejected several times last year.


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