Emmanuel Macron Backs Pap Ndiaye Amid Media Controversy

He seemed rather isolated, within the executive as in the majority. “Nothing justifies attacking a minister and sometimes even his family”, nevertheless insisted on defending Emmanuel Macron, Thursday, in the Council of Ministers. A message intended for his Minister of National Education, Pap Ndiaye, criticized for having targeted the media owned by Vincent Bolloré, in particular CNews and Europe 1, qualified as “extreme right”. According to the government spokesperson, Olivier Véran, the Head of State also deemed it useful to recall that “freedom of the press, freedom of diversity of opinion and freedom of expression (…) also applies to ministers”. An exit immediately welcomed by the cabinet of Pap Ndiaye, who was delighted with this “total support for the minister”, as well as the “total denunciation” of the “threats” deemed “intolerable”.

“Yes to freedom of the press, yes to criticism of the exercise of freedom of the press”, was then soberly summarized in the entourage of Emmanuel Macron. Nevertheless, by thus breaking the silence, the President of the Republic is de facto dissociating himself from his Prime Minister, Élisabeth Borne, who spoke the day before. With an expression interpreted more as a severe reframing rather than a mark of encouragement. Questioned on Wednesday, after her meeting with representatives of trade unions and employers’ organizations, the head of government indeed considered that “it is not up to the government to interfere in the management of the media, whatever they be”. This, in response to a question on the situation of the Journal du Dimanche, recently acquired by Vivendi, and on strike for more than two weeks to protest against the arrival of the former boss of Valeurs Actuelles, Geoffroy Lejeune, at the head of the editorial staff.

This article is originally published on lefigaro.fr

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