Is it up to you to interview Emmanuel Macron? Following internal criticism in France Télévisions, Anne-Elisabeth Lemoine defended her program and its columnist, Mohamed Bouhafsi in L’instant M this Friday, June 24.
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It’s up to you is the convivial program par excellence. Around’Anne-Elisabeth Lemoine, the columnists analyze the news before sitting down to eat with their guests. Does this format make the talk show a serious show? The National Union of Journalists of France Télévisions seems to doubt it. A few days ago, It’s up to you broadcast an interview with Emmanuel Macron answering questions from Mohamed Bouhafsi, columnist for Anne-Élisabeth Lemoine’s show. An interview carried out on the train returning from kyiv and which was not to the taste of the SNJ of France Télévisions. The latter published a press release on Monday June 20 in which he considers that it is a “media humiliation” because no internal journalist had been able to participate in this presidential trip (It’s up to you is produced externally, Ed). But also because the talk show would not be a “news broadcast”. guest in The moment M this Friday, June 24, Anne-Elisabeth Lemoine defended her columnist tooth and nail.
Mohamed Bouhafsi, an exemplary journalist
For the presenter, the talk show she presents every weeknight on France 5 is an information program, it’s “indisputable”. “The job I practice at C à vous is the one I practiced at France Inter, Canal+, RMC (…) When I go on the air in the evening, I tell myself that I am a journalist, not an animator“, she says. After justifying herself, Anne-Élisabeth Lemoine defended her columnist sent to kyiv to follow the movement of the Head of State recalling his CV: the journalist presented 8:22 p.m. with Anne-Sophie Lapix and Nathalie Saint-Cricq, but also intervened in Elysee 2022, France 2’s major political program for the presidential election. Serious programs produced by the internal editorial staff of France Télévisions.
“We do nothing without coordinating”
When the writing of It’s up to you learned that Emmanuel Macron was going to Ukraine, she immediately asked the Élysée to be able to follow the president during this historic trip. Having received a positive response, it was decided that Mohamed Bouhafsi would go there. “France Télévisions was obviously alerted. We do nothing without coordinating“, recalls the expert of awkwardness. She also makes it known that “excerpts” were proposed to the editorial staff of France Télévisions, specifying that its talk show does not have the same means of distribution as the large audiovisual group. Mohamed Bouhafsi even made duplexes for franceinfo.tv. “We did what had to be done“, she concludes. This Friday, June 24, It’s up to you returns for the last of its season. Despite this climate of tension, the merry band should keep their good mood, as usual!