Emmanuel Macron’s Controversial Singing Video Goes Viral

“He could not know at that time the background of each person with whom he discussed”, according to the entourage of the head of state.

Shortly after his speech, Emmanuel Macron was filmed Monday evening April 17 singing in the middle of the street in the company of passers-by a Pyrenean song. The video was released by an organization which, according to the daily Liberation, would have links with the far right, but the president did not know the identity of the other singers, according to his entourage.

The scene seems surreal to the point that many Internet users imagine a montage or a “deepfake”. Monday evening, shortly after his first speech following the promulgation of the pension reform, Emmanuel Macron sings Le Refuge, by Edmond Duplan, a traditional Pyrenean song, in the middle of the street, not far from the Montparnasse tower.

“After his speech, the President of the Republic took a moment with his wife. They were stopped by a group of young people singing. He then joined them for a Pyrenean song that he loves and knows, ”responded Tuesday the entourage of the Head of State, requested by Agence France-Presse. “He couldn’t know at that time the background of every person he was talking to,” the source insisted.

A first video showing the scene was posted shortly after midnight on the Facebook page of Project Canto, a showcase for an organization and singing app of the same name, with the caption: “There is only the mafia and Canto project to blackmail a head of state. »

“List All Popular Songs”

The association defines itself on its site as a defender of heritage, saving popular songs in digital format. However, a Liberation investigation published in 2022 singled out the association, arguing that it had been founded and led by far-right activists, and that the application listed, among other things, nationalist songs or songs associated with the Third Reich. “Political singing is part of the history of singing, it is as such that it is listed. Some are related to the far right, others to the far left, our choice is simply to list all the popular songs ”, then replied the association to Liberation.

As noted by HuffPost, the anti-fascist collective La Horde revealed that the founder of the Canto project had notably passed through the ranks of the GUD, a far-right student union known for its radicalism and violence.

In another video appearing to show the beginning of the scene, relayed on Tuesday by a journalist from Current Values, we see the head of state apostrophized.

“Do you want to come with us to sing? asks one of the people. The scene cuts, then we see Emmanuel Macron asking “how do you know this song? “, before someone suggests singing Le Refuge. “Come on, give me a verse from the Refuge”, replies the President of the Republic, who had already sung it during a trip to the Hautes-Pyrénées in 2022.

This article is originally published on lemonde.fr


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