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Friday, May 19, 2017 

Worries that Macron's trying to control press

As he assembles his cabinet, the new French president Emmanuel Macron's raised concerns he's trying to control the media, or those not under government influence already:
French President Emmanuel Macron held a special security meeting, spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin and convened his Cabinet for the first time Thursday — all under a growing cloud of concern that his office is trying to control the press. [...]

Meanwhile, tensions have arisen over Macron’s policies toward media access, recalling similar conflicts over coverage of Donald Trump’s presidency in the U.S.

Some French political reporters said that Macron’s office called their media organization to designate specific journalists who will be able to cover Macron’s first trip outside Europe, scheduled in Mali on Friday.

In the past, French media would decide themselves who to send on presidential trips.

Castaner answered that he wasn’t aware of this specific issue but tried to reassure reporters, explaining there’s a need to limit the number of journalists during certain visits.

“As you’ve seen during the campaign, the presence of 50 journalists and a dozen (television) cameras can affect direct dialogue and discussions that the president has with the French,” he said. “It’s not about controlling. It’s not about imposing anything.”
Oh, but it is, in the ways of a socialist. Yet this is whom men like Francois Fillon and Nicholas Sarkozy decided to vote for, all because they believe the sins of Marine Le Pen's father must fall squarely upon the child and she's not allowed to prove otherwise. In some ways, Macron's not all that different from Barack Obama.

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