France: Le Pen accuses left of plotting Capitol-style insurrection

Source: Politico

“France’s far right leader Marine Le Pen compared the left-wing New Popular Front alliance to rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol in Washington in 2021. ‘They have almost factious attitudes as they call for Matignon [the French Prime Minister’s residence] to be taken by force, as far as we understand … it’s their Capitol attack,’ Le Pen told reporters on Wednesday as freshly-elected lawmakers from her National Rally party entered the National Assembly. Le Pen was reacting to comments by Adrien Quatennens, a heavyweight from the far-left France Unbowed movement, the largest group in the left-wing alliance that topped the polls in Sunday’s parliamentary election. Quatennens isn’t an MP any more but is very close to radical left firebrand Jean-Luc Melenchon. Quatennens on Tuesday called for ‘a people’s march’ to the prime minister’s office building in central Paris, arguing that French President Emmanuel ‘Macron wants to rob us of victory.'” (07/10/24)