Presidential couple courts one celeb mag but shuns others

Emmanuel Macron and his glamorous wife Brigitte are blowing hot and cold on the celebrity press, on the one hand appearing regularly in the glossy pages of Paris Match but on the other warning two rival magazines to keep well away, reports say.

Presidential couple courts one celeb mag but shuns others
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The lawyer of the newly-elected president and his spouse has sent a letter to the editors of Closer and Voici magazines which in effect threatens to sue if the publications are deemed to have invaded the couple’s privacy, according to L’Obs magazine.
The letter was reportedly sent the day after Macron made it through to the second round of the presidential election last month, and it made it clear that the couple and their extended families were off limits.
L’Obs noted the couple’s attitude towards Paris Match was the exactly the opposite, and that six pages had been devoted to them in its May 10 edition and a whopping 18 pages in the following week’s edition.
The photos showed the pair along with Macron’s parents and his brothers and sisters and nephews, and his wife’s three grown-up children and their spouses, and her grandchildren.
The photos were on both occasions shot by the Mimi Marchand photo agency under a deal struck with the Macrons.
Macron last week had his first major spat with the media since taking power, after his team imposed restrictions on which journalists could travel with him at the weekend on a trip to visit French troops stationed in west Africa.
The move, which echoed similar conflicts over media coverage of Donald Trump’s presidency in the US, sparked an angry joint response by more than 20 of the country’s top media outlets, including Le Monde newspaper, Agence France-Presse and state-owned broadcaster France 3.
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Macron to make live TV broadcast to France

French president Emmanuel Macron will make a live TV broadcast to the nation about the war in Ukraine.

Macron to make live TV broadcast to France

Macron will be on TV on Wednesday at 8pm, the Elysée confirmed earlier on Wednesday.

Macron also tweeted the announcement, saying that his speech will be on the subject of the war in Ukraine.

His office added that the president’s speech “will not touch on other matters” – Macron has only until Friday to confirm whether or not he is running for re-election.

It is widely considered to be extremely unlikely that he would not stand in the April elections, but all candidates have until Friday, March 4th, to make their declaration.

Macron’s team had previously announced a rally in Marseille on Saturday, March 5th, which was expected to be the first official campaign event, but on Tuesday this was cancelled because of the ongoing international crisis.

Macron was at the forefront of international efforts to find a diplomatic resolution to the crisis, and since Russia invaded Ukraine he has remained in close contact with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, and has also spoken – at the request of Zelensky – to Russian premier Vladimir Putin.

The Local will be following Macron’s speech live from 8pm HERE.