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French hard-left MP suspended for waving Palestinian flag in parliament

France sells weapons, sells parts to supply the Israeli army, says MP
French leftist La France Insoumise (LFI) MP Sebastien Delogu waves a Palestinian national flag during a session of questions to the government at the National Assembly in Paris. AFP
French leftist La France Insoumise (LFI) MP Sebastien Delogu waves a Palestinian national flag during a session of questions to the government at the National Assembly in Paris. AFP

France’s lower house of parliament on Tuesday suspended a deputy from the hard-left Les Insoumis (LFI) party for 15 days for waving a Palestinian flag in the National Assembly, bringing proceedings to a halt for about an hour.

“This is not tolerable,” National Assembly President Yael Braun-Pivet said as she suspended the session and excluded deputy Sebastien Delogu whose deputy’s pay was also halved for two months.

Delogu waved the flag in support of Palestinians amid a barrage of Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip in response to the Oct. 7 Hamas attack on Israel.

The war has polarised public opinion around the world with France’s LFI positioning itself as a defender of the Palestinians.

“I waved the Palestinian flag in the National Assembly … because as I speak, France sells weapons, sells parts to supply the Israeli army,” Delogu told reporters. “There is a genocide going on there.”

The incident took place as junior trade minister Franck Riester was answering a question about the situation in Gaza, where Israel’s offensive against Hamas militants has stirred global condemnation for the high civilian toll.

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