French politics

The press freedom by the Mélenchon’s staff

Jean-Luc Mélenchon, Front de Gauche (FdG) leader and candidate for the French presidency

Jean-Luc Mélenchon seems not to appreciate some journalists and satiric TV shows!

Last Wednesday, Le Petit Journal, a very famous satiric TV show went at Metz (east of France) to cover the Front de gauche (Left Front, FdG) [1] leader’s meeting. Nonetheless, the journalists were prevented to film a reunion between the radical left candidate to the French presidency and unionists leaders. Some member of Le Petit Journal staff will try to interview him after but the FdG leader will reject the proposal explicitly.

It’s not the first time that the FdG and this famous satiric show have a brush each other. Recently, the Jean-Luc Mélenchon communication adviser strongly criticized Yann Barthès – the Petit Journal presenter and producer – accusing him of manipulating the facts and the audience. Finally, Yann Barthès invited him to give his own point of view.

Since then, the controversy keeps going on, not to say increasing with the meeting of Metz and the FdG activists, more or less embarrassed. Thus, when it is asked if it is normal that some journalists cannot do their job correctly, the Jean-Luc Mélenchon supporters tackle Le Petit Journal, a subtle way to not to give an answer to an essential issue, the press freedom principle.

The FdG, reputed to present itself as the defender of the unprivileged people face to the privileged one, seems to have a special opinion of the press freedom especially when it does not serve his own interests. You can appreciate Le Petit Journal as you cannot appreciate it, but you have to let the journalists to do their job correctly. On the contrary, the TV show must be objective and accept some relevant critics.

To be clear, the FdG and its activists want to teach a lesson as usual to exist and be present on the media, especially when Jean-Luc Mélenchon currently gets 7 – 8% of the opinion polls. The friends of Mélenchon do not like Le Petit Journal and the journalists except if they correctly do their job (that is to say, if they write wise things on you). Besides, it is to be closer of the people that Mélenchon was recently in the front page of “Gala” instead of “L’Humanité” the famous French communist daily. But anyway! Mélenchon and the FdG don’t care about that from the moment they got what they want: drawing the media attention on themselves!


[1] The Front de Gauche is an alliance gathering the Parti de Gauche (Left Party) founded and chaired by Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the French communist Party and some radical left movements