Macron defends economic policy:
French President Emmanuel Macron faced down a grilling over unpopular economic reforms by two veteran journalists on Sunday, in a heated, 2-1/2-hour exchange that also touched on issues ranging from Syria to railway union strikes.
In his second television interview in less than a week, part of a media offensive designed to win over a sceptical public as he pushes ahead with economic reforms, neither Macron nor the interviewers pulled any punches.
In a break with the often deferential tradition of French presidential interviews, Macron took questions from two famously combative journalists to mark his first year in office.
It coincides with a wave of railway strikes designed to challenge his reforms and his broader economic programme.
Hostilities started when Macron accused one of the reporters of asking a “biased” question over a raft of protests in the country, to which the piqued interviewer responded: “You are not our professor and we are not your pupils.” (RTRS)