“Laura’s Query” to Emmanuel Macron, an argument rampant on social media

The President of the Republic, Emanuel Macron, was arrested by a high school student during a visit to Tarn. (France, June 9, 2022) Getty Images

“Why do you put men accused of rape at the head of the state?” This question, which the high school student asked the President of the Republic on June 9, was repeated thousands of times on social networks.

She dared to apostrophize the President of the Republic during a visit to Tarn (Occitanie) on Thursday, June 9th. Laura, an 18-year-old high school student, challenged Emmanuel Macron to “the great cause of his fifth century», Namely violence against women and gender equality. “You have appointed men accused of rape and violence against women to head the state. Why? Please answer me“, She asked then, in connection with the Minister of the Interior Gerald Darmanin and a member of the Ain Section Council, Damien Abad. The question that the head of state hurried to reject.

Since then, the sequence recorded by the mobile phone has gone viral on social networks. In particular, the fact that a dozen gendarmes moved the day after the conflict to Gaillac High School, where the young woman is studying. They contacted our colleagues from Parisian the police justified this visit by claiming that “just wanted to consider this person, who was posing as a victim, to suggest that she file a possible complaint“An excuse that failed to convince Laura, describing this intervention as”ambiguous“How it looked like a shape”intimidation“, Nor Internet users.

22,300 hashtags

Indeed, this Saturday, June 11, the day after the intervention, numerous users gave their support to the young woman on social media, appropriating her question word for word, followed by the hashtag #LaQuestiondeLaura. Nearly 22,300 hashtags currently abound on Twitter. Among internet users, many feminist personalities like the founder of the association “Dare feminismor journalist and writer Florence Porcel.

Influencer Anna Toumazoff also shared the message on social media. “Hi @Emmanuel Macron, you have placed at the head of the state men accused of rape and violence against women. Why?“We owe a special debt to the French feminist activist.”memesforcoolkidsfeminists“, Followed by 158 million subscribers, at the beginning of the protest movement against drivers, UberCestOver.

Legislative election weekend

So far, on the other hand, very few political figures have spoken about this beginning of the controversy. Among the few, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who dared to post on Twitter on June 10th. “#Macron sent the gendarmerie to the school to teach the young woman who arrested him. It promises his big blah blah. You say yes or the police are coming“It was written by the leader of the left-wing party La France Insoumise.

The latter here refers to the first round of parliamentary elections, the results of which will be announced this Sunday, June 12, giving, by the way, a trace of the silence of his colleagues.

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