“The colonial left”: Carole Delga denounces manipulation against her by Rima Hassan, the LFI candidate for the European elections

“The colonial left”: Carole Delga denounces manipulation against her by Rima Hassan, the LFI candidate for the European elections
“The colonial left”: Carole Delga denounces manipulation against her by Rima Hassan, the LFI candidate for the European elections

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The president of the Occitanie region Carole Delga responded in detail to a photomontage by LFI candidate Rima Hassan concerning old statements on demonstrations in support of the Palestinians.

Long live exchange of arms between Insoumis and Carole Delga. The LFI candidate for the European elections Rima Hassan, in seventh place on Manon Aubry’s list, published a tweet on Wednesday May 8 on which we can see a photo of the president of the Occitanie region at the platform of a meeting, the finger tense and open-mouthed, accompanied by this statement: “Delga, PS: Yes, pro-Palestinian demonstrations must be banned in France”. Rima Hassan comments on this image by writing: “The colonial left”.

Carole Delga responded a few hours later on X to denounce “a montage, a fake”. The photo is very real and was taken at the meeting for the European elections of PS candidate Raphaël Glucksmann in Tournefeuille, in the suburbs of Toulouse, on Sunday March 24. Carole Delga was one of the many elected officials who spoke. But she never said this sentence in this meeting.

Carole Delga in a meeting with European PS candidate Raphaël Glucksmann, near Toulouse, March 24, 2024.
Photo AFP

The sentence that accompanies it, “Yes we must ban pro-Palestinian demonstrations”, Carole Delga pronounced it well. But 7 months ago and in a completely different context. It was October 12, 2023 at Jean-Jacques Bourdin on Sud Radio, five days after the Hamas attack on Israel. The whole world was shocked by the atrocities committed against Israeli civilians. To the journalist’s question whether it was necessary to ban all pro-Palestinian demonstrations in France, the president of Occitanie replied: “Yes, because today we cannot take the risk of setting France ablaze and to be in positions which will create an opposition between Muslims and Jews. France is secular. In her response to Rima Hassan, Carole Delga clearly points out that “emotion has not allowed, to date, to hold demonstrations without risk for security and public order”.

LFI deputies fully behind Rima Hassan

Several LFI elected officials reacted to this exchange on X by supporting the position defended by their activist Rima Hassan. “Well then, are we no longer responsible?” tweets LFI coordinator Manuel Bompard, addressing Carole Delga.

Well then we assume more? https://t.co/xhft2yMQFn

— Manuel Bompard (@mbompard) https://twitter.com/mbompard/status/1788323428480520464?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

The LFI deputy for Essonne Antoine Léaument also addresses the Occitan elected official by responding that in the 2022 legislative elections, “you caused Nupes candidates to lose and RN candidates to be elected with your dissident candidacies. disqualifies you from giving lessons on the left.”

Madam @CaroleDelga,

In the 2022 legislative elections, you lost NUPES candidates and elected RN candidates with your dissident candidacies.

This disqualifies you from lecturing on the left.

— Antoine Léaument??? (@ALeaument) https://twitter.com/ALeaument/status/1788277179270271311?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

For the LFI deputy for Seine Saint-Denis Thomas Portes, “asking for a ban on demonstrations in support of the Palestinian people, whatever the date, is an absolute shame”.

Calling for a ban on demonstrations in support of the Palestinian people, whatever the date, is an absolute shame unless we consider that the massacre of a people is acceptable in October and is no longer acceptable in May.

— Thomas Portes (@Portes_Thomas) https://twitter.com/Portes_Thomas/status/1788294414223217116?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

“A manipulation”, believes Carole Delga

In her long response to Rima Hassan, Carole Delga replies that “the manipulation of information, defamation, violence, your practices dishonor you”. While recalling her attachment to freedom of expression, and repeating that “the left is about unity, progress, social justice and ecology”, Carole Delga reaffirms her position in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict: “Hostage release, ceasefire, two-state solution”.

1. No, Madam, the LEFT is not that. Manipulation of information, defamation, violence, your practices dishonor you.
2. You know very well that this photo, taken at the meeting of @rglucks1 in Toulouse last March, is a montage, a FAKE.
3. Just four days… https://t.co/HJUON6YEQw

— Carole Delga (@CaroleDelga) https://twitter.com/CaroleDelga/status/1788254290722603166?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Several regional elected officials support Carole Delga

If Rima Hassan can count on the support of LFI deputies, Carole Delga received several messages of support from regional elected officials and firstly from the mayor of Toulouse Jean-Luc Moudenc. “Shameful and lamentable”, wrote the tenant of the Capitol, affirming that the regional president is the victim of an “extremely serious offense, affecting her honor”. The mayor of Toulouse also denounces “the cynical game of LFI”.

Shameful and lamentable!

I give my full support to @CaroleDelgathe object of an extremely serious offense, affecting his honor.

This outrageous lie cannot go unanswered.

The cynical game of LFI is extremely dangerous for our democracy and cannot… https://t.co/4SRJhpycKv

— Jean-Luc Moudenc (@jlmoudenc) https://twitter.com/jlmoudenc/status/1788298382580109553?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

The PS mayor of Montpellier Mickaël Delafosse described Rima Hassan’s tweet as “deceitful and outrageous”, believing that her campaign for the European elections “permanently lowers the democratic debate”.

Lying and outrageous, your campaign for the European elections permanently undermines democratic debate, fractures society, and fuels the climate of violence. https://t.co/pqdWLMelsQ

— Michaël Delafosse (@MDelafosse) https://twitter.com/MDelafosse/status/1788316879733280812?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Same position of the president of the Haute-Garonne Departmental Council. “Enough is enough! These lamentable methods have no place in the democratic debate. Stooping to this kind of set-up and manipulation is not dignified. Not everything is permitted!” tweeted socialist Sébastien Vincini.

That’s enough ! These lamentable methods have no place in the democratic debate. Stooping to this kind of montage and manipulation is not dignified. Not everything is allowed!
And the comment…scandalous!
Support for @CaroleDelga. https://t.co/DF3nRkJltl

— Sébastien Vincini (@SebVincini) https://twitter.com/SebVincini/status/1788310711417892866?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

Since the launch of the European election campaign, LFI has chosen to place the Israeli-Palestinian conflict at the center of its strategy. For what result? Response on June 9.

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