Presidential debate: why journalist Anne-Sophie Lapix was rejected by both candidates?

The France 2 journalist was contacted to animate the great debate between two rounds, on April 20. But neither Emmanuel Macron nor Marine Le Pen wanted it. We take stock.

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Emmanuel Macron (LREM) et Marina LePen (RN) politically they do not have much in common but they agree on at least one thing: the two qualified candidates for the second round of the 2022 presidential elections refused to allow the journalist Anne-Sophie Lapix to host this great electoral event, which has existed since 1974.

« The two finalists immediately rejected the name of the holder of the 20 hours of France 2 “, slips a closure to the negotiations in the newspaper Le Parisien.

“hostile”, “offensive”…

« Marine Le Pen does not want Anne-Sophie Lapix to moderate the debate because there is a bias, and Anne-Sophie Lapix, whom I respect as a journalist, cannot hide her hostility towards Marine Le Pen every time she receives it “, justified the president of the National Rally by the interim Jordan Bardella in the program L’Heure des pros on c news. « Even Emmanuel Macron doesn’t want Anne-Sophie Lapix to host the debate “, he stressed.

Indeed, the journalist France 2 would also not have been validated by the campaign team of the outgoing president, for other reasons: the team considers his tone too “offensive” in the history of the president, to the point of rejecting all interview requests during the presidential campaign, unlike the other 11 candidates, all of whom died on the set of France 2.

« it is unfair and excessive responds one of his relatives. What do we accuse him of? Being too sharp. She’s just doing her job! » the parisian announces that it is finally Léa Salamé (France 2) who was chosen to present this great evening together with Gilles Boulleau. This decision should be confirmed in the next few hours.

In 1981, Mitterrand, already…

The place Public life establishes the conditions for the great debate between two rounds. ” Presidential debates follow strict staging rules that were established during the 1981 debate: any questions a speaker asks must go through the reporters, only half-length and close-up shots are used, cuts and long shots are prohibited. reaction, said the director of the debate. it is supervised by two assistants chosen by each candidate. How then can the two candidates interfere in the election of the journalists who will lead the debate?

It really is nothing new. In 1974, François Mitterrand, defeated by Valéry Giscard d’Estaing, was feeling unwell and did not want to leave with the same team seven years later. ” What we invented in 1981 set a precedent, explained Serge Moati in 2017 to Europe 1. We went together to negotiate all the rules with the opposing side. There was no CSA at that time, there was no high authority. »

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