Macron de­fends eco­nomic pol­icy:


Arab Times - - INTERNATIONAL -


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)

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