Meeting with Yves Bigot, director of TV5 world and optimistic author.
Yves Bigot, who has loved American culture and journalism for more than forty years, is today recognized as the director of the international French-language channel TV5 Monde. He tells us about his views on the news in recent months and his future prospects for tomorrow’s society.
Paris Match Belgium. How are you living this beginning of the year 2022?
Yves Bigot. “It has been a complicated year on two points. The pandemic is not over yet. ON TV5 world, this limits our travels. And then the invasion of Ukraine is also very difficult for us to cope with. We are sent there, and also in Russia. On Russian territory, we had to adapt our programs because of the new laws. It was broadcast to 16.7 million households with Russian subtitles. Today, we only have satellite broadcasts, which allow us to reach 1.7 million homes. »
How do you see what is happening in Ukraine? The situation affects the profession you have defended since the beginning of your career.
“Our correspondent in Russia can not use a number of terms. His working conditions were obviously deteriorating. In Ukraine, a team worked on the fronts of Donbass. But we have repatriated her since the invasion. Today we have teams in Odessa and they are threatened. When we see that several journalists have already died as a result of the war, we must act very carefully. “
How do you handle war news when you’re on international television?
“As best we can. Even though the ‘best’ sometimes becomes the ‘least bad’ …”
How do you understand that the EU can ban the broadcasting of Russian media in the territory of its member states?
“For me, it’s not so much a question of censorship as a question of stopping the spread of fake news. The media likes RT France and sputnik make war propaganda. But we understand that the Russians, for their part, believe that we Europeans are spreading false news. I think the difference is that we can prove that is not the case. »
You published your first novel in late 2021, with the title Katrijn. It addresses themes such as feminism and the hippie movements in America in the 60s and 70s. Why did you choose to write about it?
“I think what was the trigger to tell this story at the time was what our lives and our society have become. These 60-70 years were a period of openness, generosity, great freedom and openness over for others.We have always wanted to reach out to others.But since even before the pandemic and invasion of Ukraine, I think we live in a society that is approaching.
My heroine, Katrijn, is a woman. Of all these liberations in the 1960s, the most important was the liberation of women and young girls. The liberation of the body is the liberation of women’s bodies. On the contrary, we can clearly see that in order to restrict freedoms, the Taliban, for example, act on the bodies of women. It is a crucial key in the liberation of our society yesterday and today. »
We woke up in the morning thinking that the world was better than yesterday and that it would be even better tomorrow.
What do the values from the American 60s and 70s, and all the struggles that took place there, mean today?
“In the 1970s, these ideas of freedom and openness to others were embraced by all and received with open arms. Democracy, women’s rights, children’s rights, diversity, education, freedom, tolerance … these ideals and values that are asserted and acquired are values that will build beautiful societies and that tend to be lost. Today. We are talking about Wokisme For years. It is a very generous idea and comes from a good feeling. But to want to eradicate the past is to deny what we were. If we deny our past, we risk repeating these mistakes in the future. So I think one has to be aware of the past and the mistakes of the past to move forward.
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With this novel that I wrote, I want to tell these stories of hippies and revolution in a France where I think it is quite unknown where these stories have been poorly told. The 1970s show that anything is possible. We woke up in the morning thinking that the world was better than yesterday and that it would be even better tomorrow. It all was not great, but there was hope. And while all the fighting has not resulted in a better society, it is a recipe that can still work. This period that can inspire today’s young people to create the world of tomorrow. »
Katrijn published by Editions night ink.