Monday 11 December 2017

Macron's logic is 'too complex' for journalists

Officials in the president's office said another reason for not doing the Bastille Day interview was that Mr Macron will next Monday address both houses of parliament in a rare session at the Sun King's palace in Versailles Photo: Reuters
Officials in the president's office said another reason for not doing the Bastille Day interview was that Mr Macron will next Monday address both houses of parliament in a rare session at the Sun King's palace in Versailles Photo: Reuters

Rory Mulholland

Emmanuel Macron has sparked anger and mockery for dispensing with the French president's traditional Bastille Day television interview because his thoughts are "too complex" for such a forum.

An Elysée official told 'Le Monde' newspaper that the 39-year-old centrist leader's "complex thought process lends itself badly to the game of question-and-answer with journalists" that is held every year on the July 14 national holiday.

Mr Macron has given just one interview to the press - to a group of European journalists and France's 'Le Figaro' newspaper - since he was elected last month after a meteoric rise in just one year from relative obscurity to the pinnacle of power.

Now he is shunning the TV interview French presidents usually hold on Bastille Day after attending the military parade on the Champs Elysées, which this year will include US President Donald Trump among its spectators.

The decision to ditch the interview came despite Mr Macron himself telling a journalist - who ran after him as the former banker was cycling around Le Touquet holiday resort - that he would answer media questions on July 14.

The decision to ditch the television interview and the reasons given were met with incredulity by many French journalists, who were aggrieved to be told that they might not be bright enough to understand the president's words.

"Us no understand President Macron" was the mocking headline in 'Marianne' magazine.

Buzzfeed France quickly posted a page titled "Ten sentences by Macron that are too complex for you, sorry you morons".

Officials in the president's office said another reason for not doing the Bastille Day interview was that Mr Macron will next Monday address both houses of parliament in a rare session at the Sun King's palace in Versailles.

He is set to chart his government's course over the next five years at the joint session of Congress, which consists of the National Assembly and the Senate.

Mr Macron is seen as returning to the monarchical presidency crafted for Charles de Gaulle under France's 1958 constitution.

His lofty communication strategy seems to be going down well with the public: a poll published yesterday showed that 74pc of those questioned approved of his handling of the media.

Irish Independent

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