LFI deputy Aurélien Saintoul presented his "public apologies" on Monday after calling Olivier Dussopt "murderer" and "impostor" in the hemicycle, the Minister of Labor responding "to hear" these excuses but "not to forgive" this exit, during already stormy debates on the pension reform. Deputy Saintoul was sanctioned with a call to order with entry in the minutes, ie the withdrawal of a quarter of his parliamentary allowance for one month.
On Twitter, Prime Minister Élisabeth Borne stressed that "the National Assembly must be the place for debate, not for insults. Those who insult are not up to the French who elected them or the democratic debate they expect, "she denounced. The session resumed nearly thirty minutes later with applause for the minister. “It is unacceptable, unthinkable that we continue in this verbal escalation. Under no circumstances can Minister Olivier Dussopt be treated as an assassin within the confines of this hemicycle, ”denounced the president of the Renaissance deputies Aurore Bergé.
"You are an impostor and an assassin," says @A_Saintoul (LFI) to @olivierdussopt, provoking outraged protests from the majority. Suspension of sitting.
"I want to say how shocked we are by the remarks that have been made," said the president of the communist group André Chassaigne to applause, saying he was "hurt", "humiliated" by "such remarks". "We are talking about a very serious subject, deaths at work, seniors," said Socialist Party leader Olivier Faure on LCP.
"It's truly unbearable", it's "permanent excess", also lamented the leader of LR deputies Olivier Marleix, while another LFI, Thomas Portes, was excluded Friday for fifteen days of sittings , after a controversial tweet where he appeared with his tricolor scarf, his foot on a ball bearing the image of Olivier Dussopt. At the start of the session, Olivier Dussopt had declared that there are “650 deaths per year at work, a relatively stable figure. Every death is one death too many." Aurélien Saintoul challenged him later accusing him of lying, citing increasing numbers, with "150 widowers and orphans" in addition.