Jadot, Zemmour, Pécresse, Roussel were the four presidential candidates questioned by a class of 8-12 year olds on the show by Mélissa Theuriau and Caroline Delage. “Télérama” retrieves the copies.
How to deal with kids when they know they’re adults watching you? This difficult equation that Éric Zemmour, Valérie Pécresse, Fabien Roussel and Yannick Jadot had to solve, with more or less success, on Sunday March 27 at C8. The four presidential candidates were guests ofOn the blackboard !!!, broadcast in prime time. The show, launched during the last presidential election, will see personalities following each other in a classroom to answer questions, glue and “surprise interros” from children aged 8 to 12 years. . In 2017, more than 1.3 million viewers watched Benoît Hamon, Emmanuel Macron, Jean-Luc Mélenchon and François Fillon wipe the plaster of a program that was later expanded to artists or sportsmen, but was less successful.
The program, which has been missing from the Canal group’s antennas since July 2, 2019, was re -launched thanks to an amorphous campaign. Mélissa Theuriau and Caroline Delage, the producers, experienced some difficulties in building the cast. Like five years ago, they first experienced rejection from Marine Le Pen. “We should not use children for our campaign, or involve them in politics. The classroom is a sanctuary, ” justification of the National Rally candidate. Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Anne Hidalgo were automatically removed for questioning the children. “We want four virgin candidates”, clarified Caroline Delage, while explaining that she regrets that Emmanuel Macron did not succeed in freeing himself “despite the real desire to come”. Registration in a high school at 16at The Paris district was held in February for Éric Zemmour, Valérie Pécresse and Fabien Roussel, at the beginning of March for Yannick Jadot, explaining why he was the only one asked about the war in Ukraine.
Twenty children, from all over France, responded to a call for applications through social networks or directly thrown by the production. Some were selected “for their tastes and interests in politics”, we explain in C8. Some of them have served on municipal youth councils. Whether or not there is little or no intimidation, the class, well-prepared, will dare to ask honest questions, bouncing off the candidates ’answers with anticipation.
On the podium, the four politicians were less coached. LikeEric Zemmour, the first on the board. The head of Reconquest proved laborious and unconvincing in an exchange that he probably did not think was direct and contradictory. Behind a bright respite, and sitting in his chair, he had to endure many questions about his immigration policy. “Freedom is also not to call a child as one wishes?” “Why are you opposed to multicultural society?” “If you want to drive all immigrants out of France, how are we going to deal with the jobs they occupy? “Are you the French Trump?” »
In a professor tone, Eric Zemmour multiplied metaphors – “If we go to your house uninvited by breaking down the door”, “With the money [donné aux immigrés] your parents might buy you toys, clothes, or take you on vacation… ” Finally, his big replacement explained to the kids will end with an off-the-cuff statement from Ayden: “Were you traumatized when you were a child? » The same boy whose candidate had apostrophized a few minutes before “Why did your parents go to France? Exactly because it is the most beautiful country in the world and the most generous. » Ayden, surprised, replied: “My parents didn’t go to France! They are my grandparents. So I was completely French. »
Conclusion: “Mr Burns” (the angry boss of the series Simpsons, his doppelganger according to children) will cause fear more than anything. “He was kind enough but he held back because we were kids”, summary of this girl. Éric Zemmour, he prefers it. “It is exciting to see how we can answer these simple but basic questions. Who should we love? How far will the role of humanity go? »
“Why isn’t there a female president yet?” a student asked. “Probably because we’re not good,” Valérie Pécresse replied.
Valerie Pécresse then enter the scene. The president of the Île-de-France region, he prefers to remain standing while examining the platform. Not fundamentally at ease, she struggles to measure her audience and find the right tone to address the kids. A summary of his campaign at last. The questions will focus on gender and a woman’s place in politics. “Why is there no female president yet? »this girl asked. “Probably because we’re not good”Valérie Pécresse replied.
She is also asked about gender equality, feminism, the reality of reconciliation in family life and politics and undergoes an explanatory training on machismo. We may regret that the production intended these questions only for Valérie Pécresse. A completely counter-productive effect. The candidate wants to repeat that “the woman is a politician like everyone else” even went so far as to give a boxing demonstration. “He answered some questions well, for others he had no marks,” Paul commented. “I do not know if I spoke in other words, but in them you must speak more simply. It is difficult!», confession of candidate LR. Everything is said.
Then came Fabien Roussel all smile, almost whistle. He presented himself as a candidate for summer camps (he suggests opening some in Fort Brégançon if he is elected), finishing assignments and happy days. “You sell dreams, it’s like electing delegates”, teach the class. The communist candidate, quite comfortable with his com, applies to defend his social project (happiness) without going into too much detail. Children turn him into political or fictional work accusations aimed at him. The sequence remains friendly but the subject matter is very superficial. Wink, the students offer him chocolate coins “to fulfill all his promises”. “Roussel, I don’t know him very well, but I saw that he laughed very well”summarizes Maxime. “I had a wonderful time, it was a breath of fresh air in this campaign”, blows the person concerned, happy!
last in line, Yannick Jadot. “The Green Giant,” his photo says. Again not surprisingly, the environmental candidate is among young people as well as adults. In his role, comfortable but not too much, finding all the questions interesting. His answers, on the other hand, are not always liked by children. ” I’m not perfect “, he defends himself, trapped in seasonal fruits to identify. A somewhat clichéd exercise, this is true. The MEP is further weakening his credit in the face of a mute map of Europe, excluding Romania and Bulgaria from Europe and struggling to put in some capital. Pass grade. “He’s a good student”, summary by Antonin. “Geography has never been my skill”, ending with his part Yannick Jadot. School is over, kids and parents will get what they want … or so.