Vincent Polloré has denied promoting Eric Zemmour in his media

Vincent Polloré has denied promoting Eric Zemmour in his media

Vincent Polloré in the Senate, January 19.

“Vincent Polloré is a specialist in deconstruction.” President Vivendi made a demonstration that could make senators blink on Wednesday, January 19, when the Luxembourg Palace Inquiry Committee heard him in focus in the media.

Facing the main contributor to Canal +, there are two large publishing groups (Editis and Hachette), and several newspapers (magazines). Prisma Media, JDD, Paris Match), an advertising heavyweight (Havas) and Radio Europe 1, parliamentarians did not miss the opportunity to raise the case of Eric Zemmour, the far-right presidential candidate, who spent an hour broadcasting every evening on CNews for two years, before launching politically.

“No one has the ambition to create chains of opinions”

Senator David Assoulin (Socialist, Ecological and Republican Group, Paris), Rapporteur of the Commission of Inquiry, did not go there with four paths: “Is it not known to you that an extreme right-wing editorial line is imposing itself in your media?”

Billionaire’s response:

“You take little bits of things and put them together to try to make a story. I’ve seen the controversy over iel [le pronom personnel de genre neutre récemment entré dans le Petit Robert]. Iel is Petit Robert, Petit Robert is Editis, Editis is Vincent Bolloré, so Vincent Bolloré is a deconstruction expert. »

Regarding candidate Eric Zemmour:

“He’s been publishing books in hundreds of thousands of copies long before he returns to CNews. He’s in ‘Le Figaro’, he’s 6, and coincidentally, it’s a problem when he’s on CNews. There are a lot of current ideas in our books, in our shows.” No one thought he would be president of the republic.”

“It’s not yet” David Assoulin corrects. Is CNews an opinion channel? “,” Then he connects Senator Laurent Lafon (Centrist Union, Val-de-Marne). “No one has the ambition to try to form chains of opinions, it has no interest.” Answers Vincent Polloret. “You were the one who convinced Eric Zemmour to come and work for you!”, David Assoulin intervenes.

Contractor response: I have no authority to appoint anyone. » He adds that he does not have “One time lunch” With the far-right candidate and that’s his programme ” Boy [le] Do not look. “The main part of the group’s life is cinema, sports and serials, He argues. I say this to remove the imagination of the political project. »

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After interviewing the Breton industrialist, in 2016 and for more than two hours, he actually faced questions from a Senate committee, after his takeover of Vivendi.

While defending the formation of a powerful group against the American giants Google, Amazon, Facebook, Apple and Netflix, Vincent Bollore willingly presented himself to questions from parliamentarians, while asking them: “I’m here to make a lightning rod, if it’s useful, that’s fine.”.

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