Which French TV channel will win the interview with Barack Obama, who is publishing the first volume of his memoirs this Tuesday, entitled "A Promised Land" ("A Promised Land", Fayard editions)?
TF1, in a revised “Seven to Eight”?
M 6, for a special edition of "66 minutes"?
It was France Télévisions which negotiated an exclusive face-to-face meeting with the former President of the United States.
But not with Anne-Sophie Lapix, who nevertheless covered the election of Joe Biden against Donald Trump from Washington.
Neither Thomas Sotto or Léa Salamé, the Monsieur Madame of politics.
"Obama did not wish to be in front of classic political interviewers", slips a member of the management of France Télévisons.
The public service therefore assigned a rather unexpected face in this kind of exercise: François Busnel, who has been presenting “La Grande Librairie” since 2008 on France 5. Information that Laurent Delahousse has just announced in his newspaper.
The famous 51-year-old literary journalist went especially to Washington, in the United States, to box, this Sunday, an interview with Barack Obama.
"Such a great sun" deprogrammed for the occasion
In partnership with the magazine America (launched 4 years ago by François Busnel and Eric Fottorino, director of the weekly Le 1), the interview scheduled to last around thirty minutes will be broadcast not on his cultural program but on the end of 20 hours of France 2 presented by Anne-Sophie Lapix, Tuesday evening.
With an exceptional interview, an exceptional device: the episode of the day of the soap opera "Un si grand soleil" will be deprogrammed.
In his memoirs, the one who led the United States from 2008 to 2016 notably delivers some impressions of his former counterparts.
Starting with Nicolas Sarkozy.
"He bulges out the chest like a little rooster," writes Barack Obama of the former head of state, whom he describes as "opportunistic" and "daring", according to short excerpts published in a review of the New York Times .
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He also evokes the victory in November 2016 of his successor, Donald Trump, a man who is "diametrically opposed" to him.
Barack Obama deplores the systematic trampling of standards and the rejection of a base of facts and values that was for a long time "a given" for Republicans and Democrats.