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Left-Wing French Lawmaker Suspended for Waving Palestinian Flag

Sébastien Delogu, a member of Parliament with La France Insoumise (LFI), stood up with the flag during questions to the government.

On Tuesday, May 28, the French Parliament suspended a left-wing lawmaker for two weeks after he held up a Palestinian flag during a heated debate over whether France should recognize Palestinian statehood.

Sébastien Delogu, a member of Parliament for the radical La France Insoumise (LFI) party from Marseille, stood up with the flag during questions to the government.

Parliament speaker Yaël Braun-Pivet denounced his behavior as “inadmissible,” and lawmakers voted to suspend him for two weeks and cut his parliamentary allowance by half for two months.

His suspension coincided with Spain, Ireland, and Norway formally recognizing Palestinian statehood, a coordinated decision that has infuriated Israel. This move brings to 145 out of the 193 UN member states that have recognized a Palestinian state. However, no member of the Group of Seven industrial powers – including France, the United Kingdom, and the United States – have done so.

In February, French President Emmanuel Macron stated that recognizing a Palestinian state was no longer “taboo.” However, Prime Minister Gabriel Attal, during the session, avoided a question from another LFI member of Parliament about whether France would soon join its European allies in recognizing Palestinian statehood.

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