“The head, how are you?
How's the picture?
How's the voice?
Is the tie good?
On the morning of February 24, as the Russian invasion of Ukraine began overnight, Emmanuel Macron was preparing his speech in front of the cameras.
Offscreen, his wife Brigitte watches him with an ever attentive eye.
These images are revealed by Guy Lagache in his documentary
A President, Europe and War,
broadcast on France 2, Thursday June 30.
Listen > our Scandals podcast “
Paris Hilton: rhinestones, champagne and dark secrets
Read alsoMen in reu, women on a hike: the timeless photo of Brigitte Macron and the first ladies on the sidelines of the G7
From behind the scenes at the Élysée, the journalist tells how the President of the Republic faced an unprecedented European crisis, supported by his team, but also by his wife.
In his black suit, looking serious, the head of state begins his speech before being interrupted by Brigitte Macron.
“Brigitte, what is it?
Is the tone not good?” he asks her.
“I find that there is no tone… Pardon my heart”, she then replies in a low voice.
Without batting an eyelid, Emmanuel Macron relies on this opinion, which is always precious to him, and declares: "Come on, let's start from the beginning!".
In video, Brigitte Macron, the daily life of a first lady
“Six months in all, seven days a week within the diplomatic cell”
From inside the Élysée, Guy Lagache initially wanted to make accessible a European Union that seemed to him “technical, distant and often incomprehensible”, he declared in an interview for
But this immersion finally took a turn that he did not expect, when the war broke out in Ukraine and he witnessed in real time every detail of the management of the crisis by Emmanuel Macron and his team.
“To be able to film these conversations between Emmanuel Macron and Vladimir Poutine or Volodymyr Zelensky, it took a lot of work”, explains the journalist to our colleagues from the daily newspaper.
"Six months in all, seven days a week within the diplomatic cell with the president's teams to be able to succeed in this immersion work."