Support for Lejeune & Bolloré Amidst Weekly Resumption

The former President of the Republic believes that taking control of the weekly is not a business when “so many newspapers are committed to the left. »

Weight support. Nicolas Sarkozy came to the defense of journalist Geoffroy Lejeune, this Wednesday, August 23, victim according to him, of a “witchcraft trial” since his controversial arrival at the head of the Journal du Dimanche. As a reminder, the journalists of the editorial staff went on strike for 40 days to protest against this imposed appointment, in vain.

“What I deplore are the witchcraft trials that are being held for the new director of the Journal du Dimanche and for the future owner of the Lagardère group and the JDD”, he explained on TF1, before saying his “ friendship and his admiration” for Vincent Bolloré, businessman to whom he is close, boss of the Vivendi group (Canal +, CNews, C8) which is in the process of absorbing the Lagardère group (JDD, Paris Match and Europe 1) .

For good reason: Nicolas Sarkozy, in the middle of a media tour for the release of the new opus of his memoirs with Fayard editions, a house that belongs to the Bolloré empire, believes that it is a kind of rebalancing in the media landscape. French. “The French press is not likely to have an excess of commitment to the right,” he breathed. On the contrary, according to him.

“Do we not have the right to have a newspaper committed to the center right? »
Many observers actually see in the arrival of Geoffroy Lejeune, former director of the weekly Valeurs Actuelles, marked on the far right, the hand of Vincent Bolloré, a billionaire with deemed ultra-conservative opinions.

“He has the right to have convictions”, for his part decided the former President of the Republic on TF1, before wondering: “When so many newspapers are committed to the left, do we not not have the right to have a newspaper that is committed to the center right? Is that what is shocking? »

An analysis of the political line defended by these personalities which differs greatly from that of the majority of the political class (the left and the presidential camp) which is rather worried about a turn to the far right for this emblematic title. So much so that Renaissance does not want its deputies to express themselves in these pages for the moment… What many ministers also refuse to do.

In this same interview, Nicolas Sarkozy, questioned about Marine Le Pen, also considered that one “can no longer blame the National Rally for not being a republican party”, since it presents candidates in the elections and participates in the democratic life.

He also persisted in his analysis of the situation in Ukraine, which has already aroused the ire of part of the political class and observers for its excessive complacency with regard to Vladimir Putin, advocating a return to ” diplomacy”, while continuing to weave the praises of Gérald Darmanin for the next elections. “He is not formatted like so many others,” he insisted, referring to the rallying of the presidential camp and the Republicans for 2027 as the only way to win against the RN.

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