via Associated Press
TELEVISION – Pressed by the oppositions to put an end to the suspense on his candidacy, Emmanuel Macron gives himself Wednesday, December 15 to a large televised interview, to the chagrin of the LR candidate Valérie Pécresse who seized the CSA.
TF1 and LCI will broadcast this program of at least an hour and a half on Wednesday at 9:05 p.m. during which the president will be questioned on the results of his five-year term.
This interview entitled “Where is France going?” was recorded under live conditions, the TF1 group said Monday to theAFP.
Four months before the first round of the presidential election, the Head of State, who has not yet formalized his candidacy for re-election, will be questioned by journalists Audrey Crespo-Mara from TF1 and Darius Rochebin from LCI.
He “will answer the questions posed by the French”, will speak “on how he lived his five-year term” and “his vision of the future”, according to the TF1 group.
The politico-media event does not fail to revive speculation on a formal announcement of the candidacy of Emmanuel Macron to his own succession in April.
The candidate of the National Rally Marine Le Pen called on him to put an end to a real-false suspense without delay. Because “the French expect frankness, transparency, it suffices to say ‘I will be a candidate for my re-election’, she declared on RMC.
Manuel Bompard, spokesperson for the head of La France insoumise and candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon, also urged the head of state to put an end to an “open secret”.
Oppositions on the right and on the left are already relentlessly accusing Emmanuel Macron of campaigning with state funds, criticisms already leveled against previous presidents who represented themselves as Nicolas Sarkozy in 2012.
They also suspect him of taking advantage of the French presidency of the EU, from January, to boost his candidacy and his campaign.
For its part, the Macronist camp has already put itself in order of battle, notably with the creation of the Together Citizens! Movement, a sort of “common house” of the parties of the majority, LREM and MoDem in particular.
The rise of Valérie Pécresse in opinion studies since her induction as champion of the Republicans could push Emmanuel Macron to formally enter the running without delay.
Both the head of state and the LR candidate covet the electorate of the moderate, liberal and pro-European right, considered strategic.
“It is not fair from a democratic point of view”
Long dominated by the hypothesis of a Macron / Le Pen duel, or even between the outgoing president and the former far-right polemicist Eric Zemmour, a Pécresse-Macron second round now appears very possible.
The camp of candidate LR did not fail to react strongly to the announcement of the presidential interview on TFI / LCI, while a program was scheduled with her on BFMTV.
The channel said the show was postponed “due to the interview with Emmanuel Macron”.
Valérie Pécresse declared that she seized the CSA because “one cannot have a president candidate who is made open the television channels on demand and for hours makes his campaign, while his adversaries must be satisfied with five minutes of duplex to answer him ”.
“It is not democratically fair. The candidates are not treated equally ”, also denounced Manuel Bompard.
“We feel that the electoral atmosphere is heating up,” quipped Jean-Luc Mélenchon, who himself asked to debate with Valérie Pécresse.
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