A spontaneous sequence… apparently.
This Monday morning, the show “Face à la rue” on CNews led Eric Zemmour, who is slow to clearly formulate his ambitions for the presidential election, in Drancy (Seine-Saint-Denis), the city of his childhood.
The opportunity, at the turn of a stroll in the city, surrounded by clearly visible security agents, to offer a striking scene on television.
At the end of an exchange on secularism, a veiled woman named Rachida Boukris took off her veil in front of the supposed candidate, who reproached him for not being free to do so.
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The passage of the show quickly caused a stir on social networks.
“The sequence in which a woman is pushed to remove her veil, under the insistent encouragement of Morandini & Zemmour, is incredibly violent.
An unveiling ceremony, but on CNews.
The colonial spirit, always ”, indignant an anti-racist activist on Twitter.
“Whether it's fake or not, the symbolism is terrible.
"I understood that the show had its panel"
"Fake", the word is launched. Because very quickly, rumors swell about the supposed remote control of this sequence. Internet users are inquiring on social networks and are surprised by the fact that Rachida Boukris does not wear the veil on her photos, dating for the most recent of 2020. A second news feeds the rumors of a staging: the latter would have been employed in one of the companies of the Bolloré group, majority shareholder of the Canal + group which owns CNews.
On site in Drancy, an agent of the city, who came as an observer to the town hall square, where the shooting was taking place, was intrigued by this woman, to whom the production team had asked to keep a little to the 'gap: "The staff of the show accompanied the veiled lady, who was posted on the other side of the town hall square. She was accompanied by a fairly sturdy gentleman in a red waistcoat. She left after her intervention, in a G7 taxi. "
The interested party explained herself this Monday evening, on the set of "Touche pas à mon poste" on C8.
She specified that she had only worn the veil "for nine months" and confirmed having worked as an accountant for the Bolloré group until "the end of 2017".
But she indicates that she was contacted "by the teams" of CNews, through her brother: "My little brother who told me, here
is it, do you want to defend the wearing of the veil for you against Eric Zemmour?
There are people who work in production who know my brother's friends.
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She justifies her choice to participate in this face-to-face meeting prepared to confront a man whose convictions she does not share. “These are really extreme ideas. It was really to have the character in front, she says in
. When I was told,
there will be Eric Zemmour
, I said
. "Rachida Boukris also confirms that she does not live in Drancy, but a town located" at 40 kilometers ".
What Rozenn Gueguen, activist of France Insoumise de Drancy already knew. Informed the day before of Eric Zemmour's arrival in Drancy, she had come Monday morning to the town hall square to try to challenge him with other activists. “We were there from 9:30 am,” she says. We went to the only café in Town Hall Square, I was sure that would be the show's HQ. At 9.45 am, Rozenn Gueguen recounts having seen two veiled women enter the café. “A young man from the show's team told them to settle in, that we would come and pick them up ten minutes before. One of them is Rachida Boukris. Rozenn Gueguen struck up a conversation. “They told me they weren't from Drancy. When I wanted to know how they had been contacted, they just replied that they were in the associative environment:
we are part of the network
I understood that the show had its panel.
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The CNews group seems to defend this Monday evening a necessary preparation before the show. If it is obvious that the political opponents - David Guiraud (LFI), Xavier Iacovelli (LREM) - had been invited, the show leaves doubt on the other speakers. "A small assessment of your meetings since earlier with people?" », Asks Jean-Marc Morandini after a long stroll punctuated by short exchanges with interlocutors seeming to appear from the corner of the street. “Frankly that's exactly how I imagined Drancy, you have to see the difference with the Drancy of my childhood. We are no longer in the same country, ”replies Éric Zemmour.
“This is not the big replacement, it is the big lie, fulminates Jean-Christophe Lagarde, UDI deputy and former mayor of the town - now administered by his wife.
With the exception of the head of the Arts and sports association of Drancy and the butcher, none of the show's guests was from Drancy.
It's a scam.
No, women in skirts do not get spit on in the streets of the town.
Yes, there is a traditional French butcher's shop in Drancy, located 130 m from the residence where Éric Zemmour grew up until the age of eight.
It's still curious that he doesn't know about it.