How to analyse the knife attack that cost the life of a young German-Filipino tourist on Saturday in Paris? The issue is tearing the political class apart, which oscillates between denouncing Islamist terrorism and indignation at the flaws of psychiatric follow-ups. "It's time to realise the consequences of the collapse of the psychiatric system!" said Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who spoke of "murder and wounding with a delirious motive of religion".
A hasty reaction for Olivier Véran: "Jean-Luc Mélenchon is now doing exactly the same thing, and I regret it, as the far right." Like the representatives of the National Rally (RN), the Insoumise-in-chief would be too quick to "analyse before the facts, no longer wait to try to understand", according to the government spokesman. And he pointed to Jean-Luc Mélenchon's "ready-made, prefabricated, pithy answers" on social networks.
Invited on RTL this Monday, the minister in charge of Democratic Renewal once again confirmed the exit of Jean-Luc Mélenchon from the "republican fold" after the invectives of the Insoumise against a journalist. On Sunday evening, the third man in the presidential race reacted quickly on X to the tense exchange on LCI between LFI coordinator Manuel Bompard and Ruth Elkrief on the conflict in the Middle East. "Ruth Elkrief. Manipulative. If we don't insult Muslims, this fanatic will be indignant," Jean-Luc Mélenchon lashed out on the social network. Before adding: "What a shame! Congratulations Manuel Bompard for the reply. Elkrief reduces all political life to his contempt for Muslims.»
A verbal attack that earned the journalist many supporters, including that of Olivier Véran on Monday morning. "To call Ruth Elkrief, who is a very great journalist and to whom I give my full support, a fanatic is extremely serious," the spokesman said. "In recent months, Jean-Luc Mélenchon has been telling us that the bosses are bastards, that the police kill and that now journalists are fanatics. I think that at some point we have to ask ourselves the question of the place that Jean-Luc Mélenchon occupies and (and the place) that he should occupy in the public debate." Before indulging in a family metaphor: "In the life of the French, it would be (...) This very annoying uncle that we don't want to invite to family dinners anymore because he talks absolutely nonsense."