Macronmania in the World – Acrimed

To set the tone, a “big signature” of the “reference” daily newspaper, the editorial staff and the political journalist Françoise Fressoz, is crucial; here his column of March 15:

As for the unsettling complacency that editorial writers are campaigning with, it does not currently do so without precedent, but is actually dizzying. Do not enjoy, because The world repetition in his “docile, if not dizzying cover” from 2016 and 2017, a period in which Françoise Fressoz in particular dedicated almost half of her columns to Emmanuel Macron [1]sometimes praises a ” enarque imbued with philosophy “Sometimes” a well-made head “without forgetting” filibuster »,« Concerned about social justice and eager to overcome this “fatigue of democracies” “Insightful!

And if Françoise Fressoz is dizzy upon joining Emmanuel Macron’s campaign, we are nonetheless amazed at so much respect for the President. Self-proclaimed spokesperson for the whole country, Françoise Fressoz has not lost any of her laudatory desire:

– After five years as president, Emmanuel Macron has become “Captain Storm”. The country is coming out of its five-year period, so shaken by the many crises it has been through, that it remains so worried about its future that it is no longer time to promise it a break or the moon. On the contrary, it must be reassured on political grounds that have become extremely fragile.

– The conflict in Ukraine changed naturally [Emmanuel Macron] as the protector of the nation.

At this stage, the campaign validates the initial intuition that the main confrontation is now between progressives and nationalists. […] The remarkable fact is that Emmanuel Macron does not have to force his game to strengthen the progressive camp and secure his supremacy there. Its European commitment in the light of Ukrainian drama speaks for itself.

– The fact is that no one today is in a position to challenge him for leadership or just to share power.

If it is (in principle) a task for editorial writers and other opinion makers to hide political decisions as truths, the approach seemed to inspire the rest of the editorial staff. The proof of this selection of articles, published only three days apart, between 16 and 18 March on the website of World :

Are they just titles? Ironic titles, perhaps? Alas, if The world knows how to make caricatures at his expense, he hardly practices satire.

Example in this article of March 17, “Emmanuel Macron imminent in a campaign veiled by fear”. Like the majority of her sisters and brothers, a journalist from the political department exhibits his “impressions” as general truths. Fortunately, these happen to coincide with the president’s communication:

At a time when the nuclear threat is hovering, the news of the presidential election to be held in April has taken on the appearance of an almost inappropriate, scornful struggle. The French are worried about the ballot. But between two pictures of cleaned buildings and bloody children, they are looking for a statesman, more than a candidate. A character who […] will be the “center” of a unit supposed to guarantee peace.

Is it necessary to quote the successor? These are our ethical requirements:

In this context, Emmanuel Macron has an undeniable advantage. He calms down. The French see the president trying to negotiate a ceasefire with Mr Putin, pushing Europeans to sanction the warlords and try to build a defense Europe. They now imagine the candidate continuing the work. In this flash campaign, where the favorite’s program was to be unveiled at a press conference on Thursday, March 17, voters will be tempted to choose a man whom they consider more protective than a project.

The world, will in any case have strongly called for this series of “judgments”. For on the pages of the daily newspaper, the “Protective President” stamp is affixed by decalcomania … to the point of dizziness! In this case, an article by the Élysée’s chief communicator, Alexandre Lemarié, entitled “Emmanuel Macron pays tribute” to the very concrete solidarity of the French “towards the Ukrainian refugees” (15/03). A report so “embedded” that it becomes a merger:

Next to her child, a woman tells her journey to the head of state. Her husband and mother stayed in Ukraine. “Do you have any news?” Asks Mr. Macron. “No, I’m very worried about them,” she replies, crying. In the process, another woman explains to her that she is “afraid” that her parents and her sister, who still living in Kiev, is being surrounded by the Russian army. After trying to comfort them as best he could, the president of the republic is confronted with the story of three little boys. “My father is in Kiev, he is fighting,” said one 6-year-old before bursting into tears, explaining that he had not heard from him. “Your father is fighting for your country to be free. We will do everything to stop this war,” in an attempt to reassure Mr Macron, accompanied by Ministers Gérald Darmanin (Minister of the Interior) and Marlène Schiappa (Citizenship).

The instructors of a future OSS 117 have part of the script. And this is only the beginning, the journalist evokes ” empathic profile “and” humanist of the President and argues for a ” radical tone change […] at the end of a five-year period in which the head of state fluctuated between firmness and openness about the reception of foreigners; From Hell to the Administrative Detention Centers (CRA) to the tracking and police repression of exile, review of the Asylum Immigration Act, the refusal to welcome Aquarius or the famous “solidarity crime” against Cédric Herrou – to name just a few examples – it seems that the “oscillator” has rather been stuck on one of the two poles of “at the same time” …

Same author, same supporter three days later when he reported on the Macron program (03/18), Alexandre Lemarié continues to stick to the communicators to highlight the president’s “strategic hesitation”:

Between the temptation to formulate bold proposals, so as not to turn his back on his 2017 reformist zeal; and the concern of playing stability so as not to hasten the French. In the end, he tries to stick as well as possible to the mood of the country. After a five-year period of crises, marked by the “yellow vests”, the Covid-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine, the one who promised the “revolution” in 2017 now poses as a protective president who knows how to adapt and hold the rudder in storms.

This kind of infatuated narratives are legions where blind spots, one-way sources, and biases that merely claim to “decipher” political communication fit together.

Let us conclude by addressing two of the economic articles cited above. “Purchasing Power: Emmanuel Macron’s Winning Balance” headline daily (03/17) when reporting an OFCE survey published the same day. A particularly enigmatic editorial choice given the article in which The world dampens his zeal by mentioning strong inequalities in the population. Nuances, moreover, very timid, especially when looking at other journalistic presentations, much less complacent, of the study of OFCE. ON The galleryfor example, where the editorial staff highlights an analysis “not seen” in The world : ” Nearly 2 million of the poorest people have seen their income fall over the five-year period. On the other hand, the richest have seen their income rise after the various reforms in favor of capital taxation […]. On average, the most modest 5% registered a gain in purchasing power of 65 euros, but behind this figure, inequalities continue. “More than half (56%) of the 5% poor have lost their standard of living due to certain socio-fiscal measures,” Pierre Madec emphasizes. This means that almost two million (1.9 million) people would have lost 280 euros each year. This is also the only category out of the 20 where there is a majority of losers. Hence a choice of title that is more faithful to the reality of the prices:

Same practice, same bias when reporting on the “employment situation” (another side of the survey), including The world the headline without tweezers in another article that she ” has improved markedly during Macron’s five-year period . suggest reading Mediapart [2]the editors should probably take a closer look at … their own “decoder” colleagues.


It is clear that the entire editorial production of World around Emmanuel Macron can not be reduced to these (too many) examples. Here and there, investigations emerge – about the consulting firms, “machine installed in the heart of the state”, about the wine lobby [3] -; forums (not the editorial staff) thunder against the project in connection with retirement of 65; a very timid editorial board regrets that ” the outgoing president gives in to the easy way out by preferring to align himself with the traditional positions of the right wing; “In matters of inheritance – one does not see a DNA, but a” missing[e] brave !

But from the “event” coverage of Emmanuel Macron’s campaign to the analysis of his record, including that of his future project, political journalism in World is characterized by a (committed) following in relation to the president’s communication. Liberal software in subtitles and subtitles, blind spots, prescribing opinions and propagandistic narratives that bring to the top “Protector of the Nation”… The debacle of journalism is certainly not systematic, but the reverence for the “reference day” – far surpassing the practice of editorial writers or “journalists responsible for the Élysée” alone – is quite dizzying.

Pauline Perrenot

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