A “crime of media lèse-majesté”: Mélenchon returns to the Elkrief affair on his blog

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2023-12-11 14:19:41

He had sparked controversy after his comments about journalist Ruth Elkrief being described as a “fanatic”, he responded again. In a long billet de blog published this Monday and entitled “Of their voluntary blindness”, Jean-Luc Mélenchon is indignant at a “sentence which [lui] was inflicted for the crime of media lèse-majesté against Ms. Elkrief.”

“Manipulative. If we do not insult Muslims, this fanatic becomes indignant,” noted on her account X (ex-Twitter) on December 3 the rebellious leader regarding the LCI editorialist.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon claims to have “obviously been accused of anti-Semitism” following his message posted on X, due to the religious origins of Ruth Elkrief. “I should have had Ms. Elkrief’s religion in mind when I criticized her for her professional behavior,” he said. According to him, “being accused of anti-Semitism on the grounds of the religion of someone whose professionalism or reasoning is criticized is a threshold crossing”. “I say and tweet what I believe is useful to the objectives of our fight,” adds the insoumis at the very end of his post.

Tackle on Gérard Larcher

Faced with criticism from Jean-Luc Mélenchon against Ruth Elkrief, the President of the Senate Gérard Larcher described her behavior as “irresponsible”. “Shut up,” the president of the upper house said on RTL on December 6. A statement supported this Monday morning by the President of the National Assembly Yaël Braun-Pivet. “Between the JDD, when it proposes to send me to a psychiatric asylum because of my uncontrolled behavior, and the friendly tenderness of Le Monde for the President of the Senate who shouts at me Shut up in a radio broadcast, the bottom line is the same,” tackled Jean-Luc Mélenchon this Monday.

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Before continuing: “Between Larcher who welcomes the racists to an anti-racist march, which was therefore completely unsuccessful, and the one who wants to silence me, the bottom line is the same.” Jean-Luc Mélenchon is certainly referring here to the criticized presence of the National Rally (RN) at the march against anti-Semitism organized by Gérard Larcher and Yaël Braun-Pivet on November 12. France Insoumise was not there, due to the presence of the RN. The former LFI deputy had already considered that this march had been a failure.

The rebel had already responded to Gérard Larcher several hours after the “Shut up”. “I want to let ridicule flood the entire field of my adversaries since Gérard Larcher’s remarks,” he said on his account. “All the indignations of the watchdogs are canceled out by the silence of the media class in the face of the blubbering of the brave soldier Larcher,” he added. Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s article is also illustrated by a photo of Gérard Larcher at the RTL microphone.

Ruth Elkrief was placed under police protection after these attacks. “I would not want to make a bad argument, what is certain is that Mr. Mélenchon is not the greatest protector of the Jews that I know,” then estimated the Minister of the Interior Gérald Darmanin. Ruth Elkrief, for her part, also said she was hurt “as a female journalist because we seemed to discredit [sa] the way to do [son] job “.

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