A total of 24.1 million viewers watched Emmanuel Macron's statements from Mulhouse on Wednesday evening, according to data from Médiamétrie.
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This speech by the president, which was broadcast live on the generalist channels TF1, France 2, M6 and C8, and on the news channels BFMTV, LCI, CNews and franceinfo, recorded an overall audience share of 77.9 %, all categories of viewers combined, according to the company specializing in audience measurement.
Emmanuel Macron called on Wednesday for " union " to wage " war " against the coronavirus epidemic, triggering the military operation " Resilience " to support the population and promising a " massive investment plan " for hospitals and exceptional bonuses, in a statement made after a visit to the military field hospital in Mulhouse.
This declaration from Alsace, which had not been announced far in advance, unlike the president's speeches from the Elysée Palace, did not match the record set on March 16 by the head of state (35 , 3 million viewers). That day, he announced the entry into force of containment to curb the spread of the coronavirus, and the cancellation of the second round of municipal elections.
The speech from Mulhouse has nevertheless attracted a historically high audience. The president's speech on Thursday, March 12, in which he announced the closure of nurseries, schools and universities, and the maintenance of municipal elections, had thus been watched by 25 million French people.
Before the start of the coronavirus epidemic, the previous audience record for an official declaration dates back to the end of 2018 (23 million viewers for an address by President Macron in the midst of the “ yellow vests ” crisis).
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