Marine Le Pen pressures France 2 to choose the journalists who interrogate her

Marine Le Pen, the candidate of the National Rally for the presidential elections, in Vernon, in the Eure, on April 12, 2022.

A direct challenge from the set of CNews. On Monday, April 11, the president of the National Association, Jordan Bardella, said about the star presenter of the France 2 television news, Anne-Sophie Lapix: “He cannot hide his hostility towards Marine Le Pen every time he receives her. » And to justify the expulsion of the journalist, known for her precision and her pugnacity, feared by politicians, from the animation of the presidential debate on April 20 on TF1 and France 2. “Marine Le Pen does not want Anne-Sophie Lapix to lead the debate”, he continued. Twenty-four hours later, the candidate herself assumed, in the same language, the classification of journalists when designating the media that she judges “extremely hostile”.

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Although the choice of presenters for the presidential debate is traditionally a matter of mutual agreement between the final candidates, the public pressure is unprecedented. There were three names in the race within France 2, where we wanted to push a woman for the debate between the two towers: Anne-Sophie Lapix, Léa Salamé and Caroline Roux. “Anne-Sophie Lapix was in the lead, to have a symmetrical logic against Gilles Bouleau [le présentateur du « 20 heures » de TF1]. But a priori, Léa Salamé will be on the set”explains a journalist from France 2, corroborating information from the Parisian. The France Inter journalist, who is also officiating at the “Elysée 2022”, is on his way to being by Gilles Bouleau’s side.

If TF1 does not hesitate to formalize its headliner, at France Télévisions we refused, on Tuesday, April 12, to confirm the name of the presenter. Evidently, the public television group was still waiting. “the ultimate pass” of Emmanuel Macron’s campaign team, as specified by his environment. Inside the public channel it has been conjectured for weeks that Anne-Sophie Lapix had little chance of being selected. “We will propose his name, but neither Macron nor Le Pen will want it”predicted, long before the first round, a figure from the public service chain.

Electrical negotiations on “split screens”

In the secrecy of the negotiations around the televised debate, Marine Le Pen’s entourage enjoys another small victory. In 2017, the National Front candidate’s team had agreed to “split screens”, these plans that show the two candidates on the screen simultaneously. She had bitten her fingers: it was thanks to these reaction plans that the French discovered her rummaging through her files while Emmanuel Macron spoke, or reacting to the words of her opponent by a mime that was still famous (” They’re here… “). According to our information, Marine Le Pen this time wanted to do without Tristan Carné, the director of the 2017 debate, who was in fact left out by France 2. Didier Froehly, another experienced director, was chosen for the April 20 debate. Negotiations on reaction plans this week promise to be electric.

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