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Entertainment Germany. Laughter of Merkel's potential successor arouses indignation, he apologizes

22:51  17 july  2021
22:51  17 july  2021 Source:   ouest-france.fr

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Le leader de l’Union chrétienne-démocrate (CDU) et candidat à la chancellerie, Armin Laschet, lors d’une interview avec la télévision publique allemande ARD à Berlin, le 11 juillet 2021. Photo d’illustration. © Adam Berry / AFP The leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and chancellor candidate, Armin Laschet, in an interview with German public television ARD in Berlin on 11 July 2021. Photo illustration.

Armin Laschet, the favorite candidate to succeed German Chancellor Angela Merkel has caused Saturday, July 17, 2021 outrage in Germany, having been filmed laughing during a visit to the victims of the recent floods. "It was inappropriate," if he apologizes.

" It was inappropriate and I apologize " writes Armin Laschet on his Twitter account . With these words of apology, the favorite candidate for the succession of Merkel tries to stop the rain of indignant reactions Germany this Saturday, July 17, 2021. The cause of this anger: the publication of a video on social networks where we see the German politician laughter in the background, during a speech to commemorate the victims of floods that killed, according to a provisional toll, 141 deaths.

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The controversy has taken all the more magnitude that is responsible for the two most disaster-affected regions, North Rhine-Westphalia (west) where dozens of people died.

A speech Erfstadt, particularly a city devastated by floods

One who is also leader of the Christian Democrats (CDU), the party of Angela Merkel, the parliamentary elections of 26 September 2021, was taken hilarity during a tribute speech delivered by the President of the Franck-Walter Steinmeier Republic.

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Located behind the head of state, seen in images laugh for about 30 seconds with six people accompanying him.

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The two men were traveling in the city of Erftstadt (west) particularly devastated by the floods.

" Unworthy", " disgusting" video, immortalized by the local TV station WDR, was shared hundreds of times on Twitter this Saturday, July 17, 2021, provoking the ire of politicians and many Internet users.

" A question of character," noted cynically another leader of the SPD, Kevin Kühnert.

" I'm just not voice," said on Twitter Lars Klingbeil, general secretary of the Social Democratic Party SPD.

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The new controversy falls on the campaign trail.

The conservative CDU party remains ahead in the polls for parliamentary elections, which must appoint a successor to Merkel, in power since 2005

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defeat Conservatives are at 30%, ahead of the candidate of the Greens, Annalena Baerbock to 20%, and Olaf Scholz, the SPD candidate (social democratic) to 15% according to a survey published earlier this week by ZDF.

At least 165 people, including 141 in Germany, died in Europe in floods of rare magnitude, caused by torrential rains in western Africa.

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