After BFMTV and France 2, a team from Agence France Presse was taken to task this Saturday during a demonstration against the health pass.
While covering the Parisian parade organized at the call of the president of the Patriots Florian Philippot, two journalists were the target of spitting and insults, they indicated in a dispatch.
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Responsible for following the rally from Montparnasse (south of Paris), these two journalists reporters of images (JRI) first conducted interviews without incident.
The situation became tense when the procession left, they said.
“We were in the lead.
, began to fuse, "but" as long as we were in the square, we felt more or less protected by the security service of the organizers, "they said.
AFP suspends coverage of the rally
They decided to sit on a bench to film the start of the march.
It was then that "a man gave the middle finger to the camera, three or four others got on the bench to prevent us from filming" and yet another "spat on the legs" of one of the reporters, one of them said.
As a result, AFP has decided to suspend its video coverage of this rally.
During a previous rally of opponents of the health pass, on July 22 in front of the Senate in Paris, journalists from BFMTV had been insulted and threatened physically by demonstrators.
The violence had been avoided thanks to two security agents of the channel, according to one of the journalists present.
The team had given up covering the event, and the channel then announced that it was going to file a complaint.
In Marseille, two journalists from France 2 who covered the demonstration against the health pass last Saturday had been insulted, pushed around and chased away by several individuals.