Franceinfo suspends a journalist accused of collaborating with Jordan Bardella: "A shame for democracy", says the elected RN

Franceinfo suspends a journalist accused of collaborating with Jordan Bardella: “A shame for democracy”, says the elected RN

The management of franceinfo announced on Thursday, March 14, the suspension of the antenna of Jean-François Achilli, journalist and political columnist. According to revelations from Worldhe is said to have collaborated with the president of the National Rally on an autobiography project.

A journalist from franceinfo, suspected of collusion with Jordan Bardella, was suspended “as a precaution”, the public service management announced on Thursday, March 14. A suspension following an article in the Worldaccusing political columnist Jean-François Achilli of collaborating with the president of the National Rally (RN) on a book project.

What happened ?

“The management of franceinfo received Jean-François Achilli this morning following the article published by The world yesterday (Wednesday) evening”, the radio announced on Thursday, which took the decision to temporarily suspend its journalist. This deprivation of air, which takes effect “from this day”, should last “as long as the situation is clarified”.

Why was the journalist suspended?

According to The world, Jean-François Achilli, journalist and political columnist for franceinfo, is said to have participated in writing the upcoming autobiography of the president of the RN. According to the daily, which quotes Jordan Bardella, the president of the National Rally (RN) approached “for a joint work” before the summer of 2023, Jean-François Achilli, who interviews a political figure every day at the end of the afternoon. afternoon and is co-host of the current talk show “Les Informés”. The journalist ‘refuses’. Still according to the newspaper, the latter “nevertheless worked in the shadows and gave Bardella his memories, through which the beginning of a text saw the light of day”.

How do key stakeholders respond to these allegations?

Jordan Bardella then denounced methods “worthy of the worst regimes and (which) shame democracy”. The head of the RN list in the European elections wrote further X that the journalist had been suspended “due to an ‘alleged’ exchange surrounding a book of interviews with me that did not see the light of day”. The elected official also assures in the columns of Le Monde that “only (his) close environment helps him in writing this book, for proofreading”.

I have learned that Radio France is suspending one of its journalists over an “alleged” discussion about a book of interviews with me that has not yet seen the light of day.

These methods employed by the public sector are worthy of the worst regimes and a shame to democracy.

— Jordan Bardella (@J_Bardella) March 14, 2024

“I did not sign a writing contract for Jordan Bardella’s book. But all this concerns my personal professional life,” defended the franceinfo journalist.

Who should publish the book?

According to L’Obs, Mazarine Editions, owned by Hachette Livre, in the fold of the ultra-conservative billionaire Vincent Bolloré, could publish the book by Jordan Bardella, the RN’s main candidate in the European elections in June. They are directed by Lise Boëll, known for her role behind the transformation of Eric Zemmour into a successful essayist. However, Jordan Bardella stated that he did World that it “would be a mistake to claim that Lise Boëll is preparing to publish (it).

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