Ciotti (LR) wants France to leave the ICC, Larcher considers the prosecutor’s demands ‘outrageous’ | TV5MONDE

Ciotti (LR) wants France to leave the ICC, Larcher considers the prosecutor’s demands ‘outrageous’ | TV5MONDE
Ciotti (LR) wants France to leave the ICC, Larcher considers the prosecutor’s demands ‘outrageous’ | TV5MONDE

The International Criminal Court “has definitively discredited itself” with an arrest warrant required against Benjamin Netanyahu and France must leave it, said Republican boss Eric Ciotti on Wednesday, while Senate President Gérard Larcher described it as “a ‘outrageous’ the demands of his prosecutor.

“I believe that the ICC has definitively lost its credibility, that it will no longer exist,” declared Mr. Ciotti on BFMTV and RMC, considering it “ridiculous” to “indict the Prime Minister of a democratic State who defends from the worst terrorist attack that has ever taken place.

The prosecutor of the court based in The Hague requested arrest warrants against Israeli head of government Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as his Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, targeted in the same way as the three highest leaders of Hamas (Ismaïl Haniyeh, Mohammed Deif, Yahya Sinouar).

Which, for Mr. Ciotti, amounts to “putting on the same level filthy terrorists, Islamists”, who have “the same roots as those who attacked the Bataclan and the Promenade des Anglais in Nice”.

The MP for Alpes-Maritimes deplored the fact that we are “giving credit to politicized institutions”.

Even if it means leaving the ICC? “Yes, absolutely, she has discredited herself,” he insisted, before launching: “Is she attacking Ayatollah Khamenei in Iran? Is she attacking Mr. Erdogan? “Is she attacking Xi Jinping? Finally, where are we? This is ridiculous.”

The LR President of the Senate Gérard Larcher, who received in the morning the Israeli Minister of Foreign Affairs Israel Katz as well as several families of hostages, estimated that “putting a democratic government and terrorists on the same level” was “a comparison outrageous and outrageous.”

“We must be careful that those who are responsible for assassinations and those who were the victims do not find themselves on the same bench. This is my conception of justice and I do not want it to go astray “, he added in a press statement after this ministerial visit.

The subject has divided the French political class since Monday: on the one hand the right, the extreme right but also the presidential camp have been moved by a decision drawing a “parallel” or an “equivalence” between Israel and Hamas, placed “on an equal footing”; on the other, the left welcomed the action of an ICC “in its role”.

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