why did the interview become a very political event?


Arthuir de Laborde, edited by Thibault Nadal

The President of the Republic will intervene at 1:10 p.m., on TF1 and France 2, this Thursday, July 14. It is only the second time in five years of mandate that Emmanuel Macron will lend himself to the game of this exercise. However, it is a republican tradition, established in 1978 by Valéry Giscard d’Estaing and popularized by Jacques Chirac.

Emmanuel Macron will reconnect this Thursday with the traditional July 14 interview. He had only done it once since his arrival at the Élysée Palace five years ago, it was in 2020. This year, he will therefore respond to journalists from TF1 and France 2 from 1 p.m. A tradition established by Valéry Giscard d’Estaing in 1978 and which the presidents who succeeded him were keen to maintain.

An interview to convey messages

From 1982, François Mitterrand bent to use. But with his taste for small sentences, it is Jacques Chirac who will give a new dimension to the July 14 interview. In 2004, for example, he reframes his Minister of Finance, Nicolas Sarkozy, with a formula that has remained famous “I decide, he executes”.

Nicolas Sarkozy, he will break with tradition as soon as he arrives at the Elysée in 2007. The custom will then be taken up by François Hollande. We remember in particular his intervention in 2016, a few months before the presidential election. He took the opportunity to tackle his Minister of the Economy, a certain Emmanuel Macron. “In a government, there is no personal approach, even less of a presidential approach”, he had launched.


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