[Ed. – We’ll have to see how much this…grows. We can hope, at least, that France has not just elected herself a Trojan Horse.]
French President Emmanuel Macron held a special security meeting, spoke with Russian President Vladimir Putin and convened his Cabinet for the first time Thursday — all under a growing cloud of concern that his office is trying to control the press. …
[Government spokesman Christophe] Castaner, a Socialist who joined Macron’s movement last year, said “our political background will not prevent us to work smartly for France.”
Meanwhile, tensions have arisen over Macron’s policies toward media access, recalling similar conflicts over coverage of Donald Trump’s presidency in the U.S.
Some French political reporters said that Macron’s office called their media organization to designate specific journalists who will be able to cover Macron’s first trip outside Europe, scheduled in Mali on Friday.
In the past, French media would decide themselves who to send on presidential trips. …
Reporters without Borders denounced a “concerning signal to the press” in a written statement.
Christophe Deloire, the secretary general of the organization, said “this is not the Elysee’s role to select journalists during official visits”. Reporters without Borders considers “this system could be used as a means of pressure”.