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The deputies observed Wednesday a minute of silence in tribute to the victims of the knife attack perpetrated the same morning in Annecy (Haute-Savoie). LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP
The examination of the parliamentary niche of the Liot group was hit on Thursday by the knife attack which left six injured, including four children in the Alps.
Suddenly, the theater of the debates is interrupted and the voices are extinguished. Horror strikes the faces. In Annecy, a man has just stabbed six people, including four small children, in a playground. Eyes glued to their phones, the parliamentarians look at each other, amazed. The President of the National embly, Yaël Braun-Pivet, solemnly takes the floor. With a closed face and a serious air, she invites the deputies present in the Hemicycle to observe a minute of silence “for (the victims), for their families”.
On the benches, some 500 parliamentarians stand up as one man. The emotion is palpable, time seems suspended. Like in a cathedral. On the cheeks of some, tears flow. Others modestly lower their heads to hide their emotion. Children are in absolute emergency, between life and death. And, like the rest of the country, the embly is in a state of shock.
When this drama hits the Palais Bourbon, in the middle of the morning, the debates…