The French president has been accused of utilizing the occasion as a photograph alternative
European correspondents on Wednesday exited the press convention auditorium of the EU Parliament in Strasbourg after its newly elected president, Roberta Metsola, and French President Emmanuel Macron refused to take questions.
EU journalists strolling out of a Macron – Metsola press convention which can take no questions from the media pic.twitter.com/LcwcJSdK2C
— Mehreen (@MehreenKhn) January 19, 2022
Journalists took to Twitter to make clear the explanations for his or her frustration. “After greater than 5 hours of Macron within the plenary, having Metsola and he repeat press statements with no questions is a waste of time,” Monetary Occasions European Union Correspondent Mehreen Khan wrote.
She claimed the press convention had clearly solely been designed to offer Metsola with the possibility to get her picture with the French president “with the great flags.”
The Brussels correspondent for Spanish information company EFE, Laura Zornoza, stated Macron had turned up an hour late to the press room, solely to make a press release and never take any questions.
“What a scarcity of respect for journalists, our time and our work,” she wrote, including that “Macron, like so many others, may be very simply crammed with speak about freedom of the press… however then responding to journalists is seen to be harder.”
Bloomberg reporter Jillian Deutsch additional highlighted the reporters’ frustration, noting that they had been made to attend solely to listen to that the leaders wouldn’t take questions.
Deutsch added that when somebody shouted concerning the determination to not embrace a question-and-answer session, Macron pointed at his watch.
Macron was talking after a vigorous EU Parliament session throughout which MEPs from France took purpose on the French chief and his report forward of the April election. Macron was in Strasbourg to put out his aims for France’s six-month presidency of the parliament.