In “Figaro”, an editorial by Alexis Brézet on Europe 1 awakens fears of a right-wing editorial line | EUROtoday

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Alexis Brézet during the Rencontres du Figaro at the Salle Gaveau, in Paris, in May 2022.

Le Figaro Is it still the newspaper of all the rights, or that of just one? » This question, formulated by a reporter from the conservative daily, more than one of his colleagues suddenly asked themselves, Thursday June 13, upon discovering the editorial that editorial director Alexis Brézet delivered in the morning of Europe 1 .

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Returning to the incredible episode of the announcement by the president of the Republicans (LR), Eric Ciotti, of an electoral agreement between the traditional right party and the National Rally (RN) with a view to the legislative elections of June 30 and July 7 , the journalist gave the feeling of crossing a limit that, according to several witnesses, he had only allowed himself to exceed, until then, in a private capacity.

Castigating “this skewer of caciques in tight rows, Gérard Larcher, Valérie Pécresse, Xavier Bertrand, Michel Barnier, Jean-François Copé”but in addition “all these barons who have not always had a string of triumphs, and Laurent Wauquiez (…)Bruno Retailleau, and even François-Xavier Bellamy »Mr. Brézet, in a mocking tone, said: “we would like to persuade the last LR voters to never vote for this party again, we wouldn’t do it any other way”. To hear it, the LR-RN rapprochement is “a debate which does not deserve these anathemas and these excommunications”. Indeed, he additional explains, “fluidity between right-wing electorates has been a reality for a long time at the grassroots level.”

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“Everyone is wondering where we are going”

If all the editorial crew was not listening to the station owned by Vincent Bolloré's Vivendi group at the moment, the confusion and concern unfold on the velocity of a galloping horse when posts on the X community started to reverberate a reproachful echo. “I’m sad, furious, I’m ashamed”wrote a veteran of the every day, whereas one other determined: ” Here we are. Le Figarothe newspaper of François Mauriac, will vote for RN ». Stunned, too, by what appeared to her to be a historic turning point in the newspaper's line, Sophie de Ravinel, who has been following the news of the left for around fifteen years, was moved: “Is this still the newspaper that defended Alfred Dreyfus, supporting his innocence when almost the entire press, attached to the extreme right, condemned him? »

Several members of the editorial staff, according to testimonies collected by The worldburned with the desire to repost their colleague's message currently ” on break “ professional. “We all perceived it as purgatory,” assures a colleague, for whom “85% of the editorial staff” shares his opinion. But “ we felt unable to retweet it, for worry of being criticized.” Some even puzzled out loud about the potential of utilizing their conscience clause (a provision which permits journalists to go away their jobs, with severance pay, within the occasion of an editorial shift). “Already a number of weeks in the past, I heard colleagues questioning if they’d keep Figaro if, in 2027, Marine Le Pen gained the presidential electionconfirms a journalist. Everyone is questioning the place we’re going. »

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