Tensions persist between France 2 and Jean-Luc Mélenchon

For France Télévisions, the pill is difficult to swallow. While France 2 relied heavily on the return of its political show, renamed “Elysée 2022”, dedicating it to Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the presidential candidate of La France insoumise (LFI) preferred to invite himself to BFM-TV . To debate with Eric Zemmour, the far-right polemicist that most of the media are snapping up on. “He told us yes, he wanted to do this first, explains one of the people in charge of the show. And then at the time of the first exchanges with his team, they wanted to impose unacceptable conditions. “

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According to this framework of France Télé, the entourage of the politician would have asked that Nathalie Saint-Cricq, judged “Partisan”, according to the “rebellious”, is not on the set. The express end-of-issue survey conducted by Ipsos based on the question “Was he convincing? “, refused, on the pretext that the institute regularly underestimates the LFI vote. Finally, the mystery guest sequence would have had to disappear.

“We have never made requests of this nature, denies Manuel Bompard, the campaign director of Jean-Luc Mélenchon. We only wanted an honest and fair specification. “ The surprise intervention of the historian Laurence Debray, in February 2017, who came to confront Jean-Luc Mélenchon with his support for the Venezuelan regime, remains for the politician and his team a bitter memory.

Pécresse on France 2

“Our guests know that we have a program format, and that the same rules apply to everyone, retorts Laurent Guimier, the director of information for France Televisions. If other channels decide to bring in political guests on terms they set themselves, that’s their problem. “ A direct allusion to BFM-TV, where it is claimed that nothing was imposed by the declared candidate for the presidential election. Only the idea of ​​the debate comes back to him. “It is Jean-Luc Mélenchon himself who proposed through a tweet, after Robert Ménard proposed a meeting between Marine Le Pen and Eric Zemmour”, at the beginning of September, recalls Céline Pigalle, the editorial director of the Altice group’s news channel.

The date is also controversial. Because this debate, Thursday, September 23, will therefore take place the very day Jean-Luc Mélenchon should have been on France 2. The public service program will therefore welcome Valérie Pécresse, candidate for the nomination of the right, and Gérald Darmanin , Minister of the Interior. And this is not the first time that the leader of LFI has failed. In October 2020, Jean-Luc Mélenchon had already canceled his visit at the last minute, refusing to be on the set at the same time as Olivier Véran.

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