In his first set-piece television interview since becoming France's president in May, Emmanuel Macron was in unrepentant mood, refusing to apologise over a string of controversial remarks which he now claims have been misunderstood. Speaking on the privately-owned TF1 television station, the centrist president also said the country would have to wait for up to two years for his reforms to take effect. Hubert Huertas analyses President Macron's much-anticipated television appearance.
Claire Chazal, 58, presenter of TV news since 1991 and reportedly France's highest-paid journalist, will make her last appearance on Sunday.
In lengthy TV interview the under-fire French president also said that he would not stand for re-election in 2017 if jobless rate does not fall.
Refusal to allow LCI channel to go free-to-air on French television could spell end for the 24-hour news station.
French president says his priority is economic reform and he aims to 'support business, reduce household taxes and cut public spending'.
In TV interview the former French president portrays himself as victim of an allegedly politically-motivated section of the country's judiciary.
Speaking on prime-time television a bullish Hollande insisted that 'we are almost there' on efforts to tackle unemployment in the country.
French President François Hollande has set out his policy agenda for the next two years, announcing a series of austerity measures to rein in the country’s huge public debt burden while putting social justice reforms on the back burner until 2014. "I'm not going to do in four months what my predecessors haven't done in five or ten years," said Hollande, whose opinion poll ratings have collapsed amid mounting unemployment and a stagnating economy. He presented his programme in a live television interview Sunday, when he also confirmed the introduction of a 75% tax on top incomes.
Police probe how taped exchanges between police and a jihadist gunman who killed seven people came to be broadcast on national television.