Do you think that the Parisian sidewalks, the makeshift camps in Calais, have anything in common with the 5-star hostels?" said a journalist and presenter for RCI radio in Guadeloupe during an interview with RN president Jordan Bardella. In the 13:00 news on Friday, presenter Barbara Olivier-Zandronis had a heated exchange with the MEP, telling him that he was "not bringing proposals" to the European Parliament. The RN official ended up asking the interviewer: "You have your card in which political party, Madam?", adding: "You have been attacking me for about nine minutes by doing the questions and answers".
Following the meeting, the management of RCI radio withdrew the presentation of the 13 p.m. news to the journalist, who had been on a fixed-term contract since September. "This is not the first newsroom in the world where someone has been taken off the air when there is a hiccup," Hervé de Haro, deputy director of RCI Guadeloupe, told AFP on Sunday.
I consider that she did not do an interview, she did a political debate. We are not an opinion radio station, and if it had been another party it would have been the same thing," added the official of the main radio station in the West Indies. This sidelining has provoked strong political reactions, especially on the left. Five parliamentarians from Guadeloupe, deputies Elie Califer, Max Mathiasin, Olivier Serva and senators Victorin Lurel and Solanges Nadille, expressed their "indignation" in an open letter, believing that "the true essence of press freedom is embodied when politicians are confronted with fundamental and frank questions."
On X, LFI leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon slammed "the media mob, which threw itself at me for a tweet under the pretext of defending the profession", alluding to his criticism of journalist Ruth Elkrief, while she "remains silent" on this case. "This variable geometry indignation is an admission of a nauseating drift," he said. An online petition has been launched to "reinstate Barbara Olivier-Zandronis on the air of RCI Guadeloupe", which exceeded 1,500 signatures on Sunday. In a statement, the radio station said the journalist "remains an integral part of the newsroom" and said it considered "any interference in (her) company to be unacceptable."