The knife attack in Annecy, which left six injured including four children on Thursday, came as the National Assembly debated a proposal to repeal retirement at 64. The boss of the Renaissance deputies, Aurore Bergé, was accused by the oppositions of "recovering" the drama, after calling for "humanity" to take over debates about the reform.
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"To be in the hemicycle at the moment with a kind of battle of ragpickers on the admissibility or not of amendments seems to us to be totally out of step with the terror that in my opinion overwhelms our country," she told reporters. "We want to express our total solidarity, that our thoughts today are turned only to the families and those who are at their side," added the elected representative of the majority. And to insist: "This is today what we should remember, to have humanity".
"Do you have any honor left, Renaissance?"
The oppositions who were fighting in the hemicycle on pensions reacted strongly to these remarks. "Absolutely odious instrumentalization. Dignity is clearly incompatible with macronism," Manuel Bompard, LFI coordinator, said on Twitter.
Absolutely odious instrumentalization. Dignity is clearly incompatible with Macronism. https://t.co/sIw7BJDx3D
— Manuel Bompard (@mbompard) June 8, 2023
L'Insoumise Alma Dufour also considered that it was a "repugnant recovery". "Do you still have a Renaissance honor?" asked ecologist Sandrine Rousseau.
Do you still have an honor#Renaissance? https://t.co/MsGMf4Mimt
— Sandrine Rousseau (@sandrousseau) June 8, 2023
On the far right, RN Caroline Parmentier criticized a "total indecency". "The barbaric act that targeted children in Annecy took place for less than two hours that the Macronists instrumentalize it against the Liot bill on pension reform," also denounced RN deputy Philippe Ballard. According to him, "Aurore Bergé personifies indignity, indecency and stupidity."
Many MPs from all sides denounced the Annecy attack, and the Assembly observed a minute's silence, a brief truce during the stormy session.