Macron, Algeria and his vision of the role of the media

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Le Monde newspaper recently depublished an opinion article about Algeria that had attracted the ire of President Emmanuel Macron. As Mediapart's Joseph Confavreux says in this analysis piece, this was not a one-off example of the Élysée confusing journalism with public relations. As he explains, a number of academics, politicians and journalists are concerned about the way the presidency appears to be systematically equating the two.

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Lacking any clear political direction, especially one that marks a break with the social and economic damage caused by his first presidency, Emmanuel Macron is trying to maintain tight control over his public relations. And he is doing so even if this means putting pressure on the media.