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Supporters of Donald Trump in front of the Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021. – Lenin Nolly / Sipa USA / SIPA
The chaos sown by supporters of Donald Trump did not take long to formally react to the French executive. The Foreign Minister on Wednesday condemned the protests and the intrusion of supporters of the tenant of the White House in the Capitol in Washington. For the head of diplomacy, “violence against American institutions is a serious attack on democracy”.
“The will and the vote of the American people must be respected” asked in two tweets, one in French and the other in English, Jean-Yves Le Drian.
The events in the United States also provoked many political reactions. The President of the National Assembly, Richard Ferrand, thus sent his “democratic and friendly thoughts” to American parliamentarians on Capitol Hill.
The words were much harsher on the side of François Hollande. For the former president, “democracy has been the object of a coup. These scenes of chaos after the irresponsible words of the outgoing president are an offense to Democrats around the world ”.
Others have used the same tone to characterize the protests in Washington. “This is what happens when we sow hatred,” tweeted MEP Stéphane Séjourné. In a second tweet, this close friend of Emmanuel Macron described as an “arsonist” Marine Le Pen who had said in November that she “absolutely did not recognize” the victory of Joe Biden. The RN mayor of Perpignan, Louis Aliot, a member of the party’s leadership, commented on a video of Trump asking protesters to return home. “Democracy is the ballot box. Violence has no place in the democratic debate, ”he tweeted. “It is the courts that punish fraud, not the street.”
“An attempted coup”
On the left, the reactions were also numerous on tweeter. “Trump incendiary to the end. He entered the history of the United States not as successor of Lincoln but of Nero… ”, wrote the First Secretary of the PS Olivier Faure. For the national secretary of the Greens, Julien Bayou, “it is an attempted coup”, with “terrible images” of an “interrupted democratic process”. LFI leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon sees “an attempt at a far-right coup” and asks Marine Le Pen and the RN “to withdraw their support for Trump”.
“Blood spilled on Capitol Hill tonight. In the heart of the oldest of democracies. Consequence of populism and hate speech. Support for elected officials and the American people, ”for his part reacted the general delegate of En Marche Stanislas Guerini. UDI President Jean-Christophe Lagarde wrote in English that it was time for “this crazy Trump” to leave the presidency of the United States and “to take away the possibility of using the nuclear weapon “. The leader of deputies LR Damien Abad for his part considered “the behavior of Trump and part of his supporters (…) unworthy of American democracy”.