Before the Macron-Le Pen debate, Salamé and Bouleau defend Lapix

POLITICS – Organized on Wednesday April 20 at 9pm, four days before the second round, the debate between Emmanuel Macron and Marine Le Pen will be moderated by journalists Léa Salamé and Gilles Bouleau.

As is customary at this traditional meeting since the 1974 elections, these names were the subject of an agreement between TF1 and France 2 and the campaign teams.

However, some within France Télévisions believe that this election would not necessarily have been the same if the candidates had not been consulted. The focus of the questions is the moderator of the 8 p.m. of France 2, Anne-Sophie Lapix.

A position that Jordan Bardella, Acting President of the RN, has publicly taken. “Marine Le Pen doesn’t want Anne-Sophie Lapix to lead the debate” because the journalist “can’t hide her hostility,” he told CNews Monday.

“Bold and upright woman”

interviewed in The Parisian This Saturday, April 16, Léa Salamé and Gilles Bouleau wanted to defend their colleague’s work. The TF1 journalist “didn’t pay attention to possible hostility” in the interviews that Anne-Sophie conducted. “Let (Bardella, ndlr) have an opinion, OK. But that he’s stating it publicly, I find it a little more disturbing. In a face-to-face interview, politicians do not choose their interlocutors or the questions, but they are free to answer,” he continues.

Salamé also says that she is “embarrassed”. “It’s not a matter of politics to give journalists a good or bad point on a television set,” she recalls. “As for Anne-Sophie, it was a great pleasure to work with her on Élysée 2022. She put herself in danger by agreeing to participate in this political program when she was under no obligation to do so. She is not only an excellent journalist, but also a courageous and sincere woman,” assures the France 2 journalist.

Léa Salamé also takes the opportunity to explain that politicians have a choice to reject a journalist – “like Anne-Claire Coudray was five years ago, like Patrick Poivre d’Arvor and Anne Sinclair in 1995”, they don’t choose those who they question during the debate. “Does this rule need to be changed? No doubt,” she concludes.

See also on The HuffPost: All of these times, Anne-Sophie Lapix has done her job in the face of politics

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