Candidate for the next mayor of Barcelona, Manuel Valls, said goodbye this Tuesday to his seat as a member of the French National Assembly, two years after he resigned as French prime minister to run unsuccessfully for president. During today's plenary session, members of his party gave him a standing ovation which he received with a smile.
Attention in the chamber is suddenly drawn, however, to deputies from the left-wing La France insoumise party, lead by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, holding signs reading "bon débarras", roughly "good riddance". When the camera cuts back to Valls, he's still on his feet, but his smile has vanished and he's glancing down at the floor.
Comment faire disparaitre un sourire en 15 secondes— ChatMéchant (@_chatmechant) 2 d’octubre de 2018
L'adieu de la #FI à Manuel #Valls #bondebarras pic.twitter.com/ZH71aSH3IS
The scene was over quickly, with the deputies handing their signs over to the chamber's ushers without fuss, but the images quickly spread through French media and social networks.