Beset by Scandals, France’s Macron Is Going on the Offensive—Against the Press

French President Emmanuel Macron at a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, June 21, 2019 (AP photo by Riccardo Pareggiani).
French President Emmanuel Macron at a press conference in Brussels, Belgium, June 21, 2019 (AP photo by Riccardo Pareggiani).

Editor’s Note: This article is part of an ongoing seriesabout press freedom and safety in various countries around the world. During his campaign for the presidency in 2017, Emmanuel Macron assiduously cultivated good relationships with the French press. He appeared to enjoy his interactions with the media, and his message always seemed tailored to his audience. In his interviews with mainstream newspapers and networks, he peppered his answers with philosophical references, projecting a sense of genuine intellectual engagement. When he spoke with the tabloids, he answers were soft and frivolous, and the coverage was fawning. The campaign was “a masterpiece […]

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