French radical-left party official and MP admits slapping wife

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MP Adrien Quatennens, 32, who as coordinator of the radical-left LFI party was effectively its second most senior official, has stood down from the post after admitting to having slapped his wife, while the public support he received from LFI leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon has prompted controversy within the party and outrage among feminists.

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Feminists and anti-domestic violence campaigners in France have reacted angrily after politicians jumped to the defence of an MP who admitted slapping his wife, reports The Guardian.