France's left in turmoil over abuse of women

France's left-green alliance parties are facing crises after two senior MPs were accused of violence against women. On Sunday, Adrien Quatennens of France Unbowed (LFI)

stepped down from his role as party co-ordinator after he admitted slapping his wife. Days later, Green MP Julien Bayou was suspended as co-leader of his party's bloc in

parliament after accusations of psychologically abusing his ex-partner. His party is investigating the allegations. The left-wing alliance has been accused of "total

hypocrisy" by the far-right National Rally (RN) for their stance on gender-based violence. The two parties form part of an alliance of far-left, left and green parties which

came together to form the New Ecological and Social Popular Union (Nupes) and secured more than a quarter of the votes in June's parliamentary elections, depriving President

Emmanuel Macron's centrist government of its majority in the National Assembly. Mr Quatennens, 32, is a prominent MP and was seen as a potential successor to Jean-Luc

Mélenchon as leader of the France Unbowed (LFI) party. Mr Mélenchon's response to the allegations against his colleague has sparked anger. He saluted the "dignity and

courage" of Mr Quatennens in a social media post on Sunday, saying the MP had his "confidence and affection". Only later did he expressly acknowledge the experiences of his wife,

saying in a subsequent post that a slap was unacceptable in all cases.