Sunday, May 06, 2012

Strange moments in French election TV coverage

On France 2.

A little while before the estimated results were released, the cameras were waiting outside Francois Hollande's office in Tulle. Meanwhile, Segolene Royal -- former partner of M. Hollande -- was in the outdoor studio panel back in Paris. Eventually the camera crew got in to see a smiling M. Hollande at his desk with an even more smiling Valerie Trierweiler -- current partner of M. Hollande -- on the opposite side. Awkward.

Later the studio did a segue from an interview of Marine Le Pen to get her reaction straight to an interview of Yannick Noah to get his reaction. For a while, Yannick was on the split screen with Marine as they got ready to interview him. Just what the FN voters wanted to see.