French MP stands down over street fight06/09/17Government
French MP, M’jid El Guerrab, has surrendered his seat over allegations that he injured a rival by striking him with a motorcycle helmet.
El Guerrab, a member of President Emmanuel Macron’s La République En Marche! (LREM) party, allegedly attacked Socialist Boris Faure on a Paris street, leaving him with head injuries.
El Guerrab said he was standing down from the party “so as not to hinder the work of the parliamentary majority”.
He was one of many young MPs who won seats in parliamentary elections in June, giving Macron’s centrist LREM party a convincing majority.
“I once again express my sincere regret at the turn of events,” El Guerrab said in a statement.
He said that in the incident in Paris, Faure had provoked him by insulting his North African origins.
El Guerrab is alleged to have struck Faure twice over the head with the helmet and has been accused of “voluntary violence with a weapon”.
His lawyer, Yassine Yakouti, later said that El Guerrab “regretted” the incident, adding that his client denied provoking the altercation.
Faure suffered head injuries and was treated at hospital, where he spent a number of days recovering in intensive care.