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REGIONAL – Elected officials and politicians criticized the holding of a debate on LCI on Sunday, June 6 between Jordan Bardella, head of the RN list for regional regions in Île-de-France and Marlène Schiappa, present on the LREM list, denouncing a unequal treatment vis-à-vis other candidates.
In a letter sent Thursday to LCI and made public, the head of the list of La France insoumise in IDF, Clémentine Autain, believes that “the choice to stage two representatives of the candidate lists to the detriment of the nine others amounts to seriously weakening the principle of political pluralism, and to despise all the related rules linked to the fairness and equality of speaking time of each candidate ”.
“You have to install the LREM – RN duo”
The candidate supported by the PS, Audrey Pulvar, also denounced in a press release this face-to-face meeting which “in no way ensures the representativeness of all the competing lists (…), whether with regard to their past results, their place in opinion polls or their current contribution to the animation of the electoral debate ”.
“LCI is organizing a debate between Schiappa (not head of the regional list) and Bardella, to the exclusion of all the others. Neither is in a position to win. No big deal. We must install the duo LREM – RN ”, quipped on Twitter the national secretary of the PS Olivier Faure.
A “cartoonish duel”
The environmental candidate for the presidency of the region, Julien Bayou (EELV), also lamented to AFP “unequal treatment” on the part of the channel, and said he was “available to LCI for a debate with Valérie Pécresse ”.
Geoffroy Didier, candidate in Hauts-de-Seine on the list of outgoing regional president Valérie Pécresse (Libres !, ex-LR), for his part considered “regrettable that a few days of regional elections, it is thus staged such a cartoonish duel! Are the media really forced to maintain this Macron / Le Pen tango so unhealthy for democracy? ”He tweeted on Friday.
I say it #EnTouteFranchise at @LCI: it is regrettable that a few days before regional elections, such a caricature duel is thus staged! Are the media really forced to maintain this Macron / Le Pen tango so unhealthy for democracy? https://t.co/EQtMbSAanA– Geoffroy Didier (@GeoffroyDidier) June 2, 2021
But for LCI, it is “a national debate (relating to national current affairs) and not regional, between a minister of the government and a vice-president of political party, who were invited in this capacity- there ”, explains the channel in a press release, stressing that it is“ the only national channel to organize several regional debates before the first round, including that of Île-de-France ”, and promising that“ all speaking times will be balanced ” .
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