Jean-Marc Sylvestre: “The day Mélenchon wanted to knock me out …”

In 2008, invited on Sunday + to comment on the global crisis, Jean-Luc Mélenchon launched a violent attack on “liberal” journalists.

In 2008, invited on Sunday + to comment on the global crisis, Jean-Luc Mélenchon launched a violent attack on


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At the time, Jean-Luc Mélenchon was a PS senator from Essonne. Invited on Sunday + to comment on the global crisis, he became angry and launched a violent attack on “liberal” journalists.

This was in October 2008, in the midst of the subprime financial crisis. October 2008, we remember, Anne-Sophie Lapix also. This is the moment when Nicolas Sarkozy succeeded in bringing together the leaders of the G7 and the heads of state and government of the European Union at the Élysée to take steps and ultimately save the balance of the world system.

At the time, I was the economics specialist for TF1 and LCI. At the same time, I was a daily morning columnist for France Inter. And I have already published two books about this historical crisis.

Without trial or explanation, like Robespierre, Jean-Luc Mélenchon utters the sentence: “You need to burn (it)“he launched, accusing me of”propaganda“. I can’t believe what I’ve heard, but what to do with what to say?

Here is the article published at that time in JDD by Maud Piéron, whom I do not know and to whom I leave the story of this incident.

“The crisis has shaken the financial markets and the confidence of citizens. It has also, apparently, had an impact on the nerves of some. The PS senator from Essonne, Jean-Luc Mélenchon, has launched a violent attack to Jean-Marc Sylvestre, the economics specialist for TF1 and LCI, on the set of Sunday +. “You need to burn (it)“, he launched, accusing him of”propaganda“.

Always willing to fire, bear, shoot someone or something, unfamiliar with the half step: Jean-Luc Mélenchon is considered a good client for the media. The senator from Essonne kept his reputation on the set of Sunday + by paying Jean-Marc Sylvestre, the economics specialist for TF1 and LCI, columnist until June 2008 at France Inter. Asked by Anne-Sophie Lapix about the consequences of the economic crisis, the ardent senator replied: “Don’t trust those who have broken your arms and legs to come and heal you. This means that there is an entire media, political, economic staff that must be pushed towards the exit.“. The presenter, falsely amazed, insisted on the term.”media staff“and Jean-Luc Mélenchon states:”Of course! Want a name? Your colleague Jean-Marc Sylvestre who has been giving us a liberal catechism on TF1 for almost ten years, morning, noon and night, explaining that we need to buy shares (?) He doesn’t even check, he makes propaganda. These are the people who need to be removed!

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The fundamental disagreements between the signatory to the PS left wing motion and the corner of liberalism are obvious. From there to linking part of the current crisis to the acute LCI and TF1, there is a step. That the socialist happily crosses. “We saw again (in the media, Editor’s note) the same people who led us to the wall telling us what to do now! When I watch TF1, I see Jean-Marc Sylvestre, who every day of his life tells us that we have to put our money here and there, that social profits are a shame (?) And who continues his catechism today? Both. No one asks him for an account“, Brought the selection to BFM last Wednesday.

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Jean-Marc Sylvestre did not react, but according to the media specialist’s blog The Express, Renaud Revel, the Society of Journalists of TF1 should take a position on this file today. In fact, Jean-Marc Sylvestre is not only the channel’s official columnist on economic topics, he is also the new deputy director of information managing the economy. His arrival last summer also raised some teeth in the corridors of the private channel, because of his image. The journalist, passed among others Expansion, Management, French Life, The New Economist drags along like a ball the reputation – not hijacked – of an ardent defender of capitalism and globalization, in all cases, corrupted by the slowness of the French State and civil servants. Jean-Marc Sylvestre is also the author of several books in his chosen field, the most recent being Economics lessons for everyonepublished in 2007.

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This deceptive allegation is reminiscent of the 1981 era, when the left, which had only recently come to power, engaged in a “purge” of journalists it considered too right. Jean-Pierre Elkabbach notably paid the price. He was removed from Antenne 2 in 1981. Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s last controversial outing involved the Dalai Lama and Tibet. “You find it sympathetic because you read Tintin on Tibet (…) I don’t agree with theocracy, I don’t agree that Tibet will have the right to independence from China (…) Tibet has become Chinese since the fourteenth century. (…) To speak of an invasion in 1959 to qualify an event within the Chinese revolution is aberrant.“”

Following this dispute, there was a debate organized by the LCI between Mélenchon and me at his request. I accepted. He wanted to apologize but he couldn’t. I wanted to take it with humor and that’s when I told him not to mess everything up. He lost his temper, borderline insult.

In fact, he didn’t understand my reading, my liberal ideology, my books, the conferences, my position in the media on TF1 and not just because at that time I was writing economics editorial at France Inter when over 20 years including specifically the weekly debate on Bernard Marris who was my friend until his gruesome death during the “Charlie Hebdo” attacks.

I saw later that attacking everyone who disagreed with him, especially journalists, had become a habit and a political tool.

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