In these "dark days" , Gilles Le Gendre says he saw the "light" dawn. After the withdrawal of the Parisian municipal campaign of Benjamin Griveaux, victim of a dissemination on the web of private intimate images, the president of deputies La République en Marche (LREM) "welcomes" the reaction of the political class. Which "in no case wanted to exploit the event for political ends" faced with the fall of the candidate "walker" in Paris, he welcomed on Sunday, on the set of the "Grand Jury RTL-Le Figaro-LCI".
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Amazed at the "monstrosity" of this case, the member for Paris warns of two threats. First, the advent of a society that would require "no shade" in the lives of politicians, extending the requirement of "exemplarity" to the private sphere. Then, the expression of a form of “goguenardise” in front of this diffusion of sexual images. "It's a poison. The only answer is the defense of principles ":" the separation between the public and private spheres ", he judges. Refusing to expand on the advisability of the capture of images by Benjamin Griveaux: "recklessness is not a legal fault".
A rapprochement with Villani? "Nothing is excluded"
Gilles Le Gendre prefers to blame the "manipulators" who "stole" the "right" and the "honor" of the candidate. However, he believes, "it is not up to us to decide" to send back to his country the Russian artist who claimed the online images: Piotr Pavlenski, a political refugee placed in police custody on Saturday for violence committed on the evening of December 31, then on Sunday as part of the investigation into the Griveaux case. Friday, the deputy LREM Bruno Questel had called to "put him on a plane to Russia" , on the set of LCP-National Assembly. "Let justice do its job," tempers Gilles Le Gendre.
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In full negotiations between the leaders of LREM, the responsible macronist promises that a new candidate will be "very quickly" found. "The Parisians do not want the Hidalgo-Dati match" between the outgoing socialist mayor and the candidate Les Républicains, assures the deputy, one month before the municipal elections.
Could the Parisian “walkers” get closer to the dissident LREM candidate, Cédric Villani? "Nothing is excluded at this time," explains Gilles Le Genre, eager to see the macronist camp "put an end" to "(its) divisions" to "win" , in a city where one in three voters (32.92 %) voted for the LREM-MoDem list at the Europeans last May. On Saturday, discussions were still continuing: the deputy mathematician and the number of LREM, Stanislas Guerini, met, according to information from Le Figaro .