A rebellious deputy was momentarily prevented from returning to the Palais Bourbon. Others, including the majority, were fined for joining young climate activists gathered on the outskirts of the Assembly.
Deputies from La France insoumise (LFI) and the presidential majority were sanctioned for wanting to join a movement in favor of the climate near the Palais Bourbon on April 7. An LFI deputy, Loïc Prud’homme, was temporarily prevented from returning to the National Assembly.
“The police are preventing me from entering the National Assembly! My fault ? Support young people who are mobilizing for the climate, close to the Assembly. It’s a shame, Prefect Didier Lallement! ”Wrote Loïc Prud’homme (LFI) on Twitter, supporting video.
“You cannot hinder my movements, I am an elected representative of the Republic”, he notably launched to the police.
Loïc Prud’homme explained to AFP that he joined, with a handful of other deputies from various sides, this small declared gathering, which is held every day during the examination of the Climate bill. While he wanted to join the hemicycle, he was detained until his identity was verified – he had his parliamentary badge on him, but not the identity document requested by the police.
“We have come to this. Fanatized by factious unions, this police has no respect for the parliamentary function or knowledge of the limits of intervention in front of a deputy, ”reacted on the same social network the leader of LFI Jean-Luc Mélenchon.
We have come to this. Fanatized by factious unions, this police has no respect for the parliamentary function or knowledge of the limits of intervention vis-à-vis a deputy. https://t.co/EOenWyapo1
– Jean-Luc Mélenchon (@JLMelenchon) April 7, 2021
“The zeal of these police officers is not an abuse against a deputy, it is an attack on our Constitution”, added David Cormand, MEP Europe Ecology Les Verts (EELV).
The free movement of parliamentarians – moreover in the manifest exercise of their mandate – is not a privilege, it is one of the fundamentals of our democracy. The zeal of these police officers is not an abuse against a Member of Parliament, it is an aggression against our Constitution. https://t.co/4BrW7BvLpt
– David Cormand🌻🇪🇺 (@DavidCormand) April 7, 2021
In addition, the identity of the half-dozen deputies present was raised for a fine, according to AFP. “With my colleagues and some young people, we have just been fined for going (like last week) to discuss the climate bill with them. Cost of this democratic debate: 135 euros? ”Commented the parliamentarian Agir (center-right, ally of the majority) Dimitri Houbron.
– Dimitri Houbron 🇫🇷🇪🇺🐾 (@ dhoubron1759) April 7, 2021
“We made sure to stay in small groups of less than six people. We questioned the Ministry of the Interior, ”following this episode, his colleague from the same group, Jean-Charles Larsonneur, told AFP.