French MP suspended for 15 days after waving a Palestinian flag in parliament


French left-wing MP Sebastien Delogu was suspended for 15 days on Tuesday after waving a Palestinian flag in parliament.

During questions to the government session in the lower house of parliament, the National Assembly, Alma Dufour, a member of the La France Insoumise (LFI) party, called on the government to suspend economic ties with Israel and ask the UN to intervene immediately and send Blue Beret troops to Palestine, which is constantly attacked by the Israeli army.

Franck Riester, a delegated minister at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, began to answer her questions before being interrupted by Dufour’s LFI colleague, Sebastien Delogu, who greeted the Palestinian flag.

National Assembly President Yael Braun-Pivet immediately interrupted the session, calling it “unacceptable.”

Lawmakers then voted to suspend Sebastien Delogu for 15 days.

“Will the president of the republic, waving the Palestinian flag, finally wake up and tell himself to stop selling weapons? Can he now ask for recognition of Palestinian statehood?” Delogu told reporters after the session.

“I think the French state is an accomplice in what is happening in Palestine today. Our group (LFI party) and I are proud to stand up for international law and the people who are currently suffering and (will be) massacred in Palestine,” Delogu added.

France has openly supported Israel since the conflict began on October 7, but LFI members expressed solidarity with Palestine and criticized the government’s position.

However, French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his “outrage” on Monday over the Israeli attacks on Rafah.

“These operations must end. There are no safe areas for Palestinian civilians in Rafah. I call for full respect for international law and an immediate ceasefire,” the president said.

Earlier, the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that “it is more necessary than ever for the UN Security Council to adopt a new resolution” on the situation in the Middle East.

Israel has continued its brutal offensive in the Gaza Strip since October 7, 2023 following the Hamas attack despite a UN Security Council resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire in the enclave.

According to local health authorities in Gaza, nearly 36,100 Palestinians have since been killed, the vast majority of them women and children, and more than 81,000 others have been injured.

More than seven months after the start of Israel’s war, vast swathes of Gaza lay in ruins amid a crippling blockade of food, clean water and medicine.

Israel is accused of “genocide” before the International Court of Justice, which ordered Tel Aviv to ensure that its forces do not commit acts of genocide and take measures to guarantee humanitarian assistance to civilians in Gaza.

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