After Alexandra Pizzagali’s column in Télématin on the Nice attack, France TV apologizes

After Alexandra Pizzagali's column in Télématin on the Nice attack, France TV apologizes
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Screenshot France 2

Comedian Alexandra Pizzagali during her column on the Nice attack, September 5, 2022 in Télématin on France 2

NICE ATTACK – Regrets and apologies. The France Télévisions group reacted in the afternoon of this Monday, September 5 in the columns of Nice morningafter a carte blanche by comedian Alexandra Pizzagali on Nice attack in Telematin have ” hit many viewers “, including the elected Nice Christian Estrosi.

“Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, no effort made for the pronunciation of his name, at the same time, was it necessary to respect the Highway Code, I don’t think”, Thus began Alexandra Pizzagali for her first column on the air on France 2, shortly before 8 a.m. Before continuing with a sort of portrait of the perpetrator of the attack of Nice, which caused 86 deaths on July 14, 2016, and which it describes in particular as a “asalsa and bodybuilding teacher (…) [qui] looks a lot like her ideal man.”

Problem with teleprompter and ad break

Disturbed at first by a teleprompter concern, the nearly 5-minute chronicle was then interrupted by a commercial break “ programmed to the nearest minute and sent before “That she could not finish her carte blanche, has since reacted Alexandra Pizzagali on her Instagram account in the morning.

It is therefore after the advertisement that the comedian ends his intervention with a message “on a distinctly more first-degree tone in [s’]addressing the victims, their families, their loved ones in Nice. We think of you, we are with you body and soul, we were in 2016, we will be throughout this trial. »

But these words will not have been enough to justify the unfortunate choice to make a recent drama “a chronicle with a humorous vocation”. Nice morning advances, moreover, that certain journalists from the editorial staff of France 2 had “issued reservations” as to the subject of this carte blanche and asked Alexandra Pizzagali to ” review his copy. “Zero Censorship” comments for his part the humorist, who evokes “Télématin teams at the top of benevolence. »

A “black humor” that makes the specificity of Alexandra Pizzagali. After attending his show in February 2022, The world described the humor of the thirty-something as follows: How far do you have to go to stand out in a crowded humor landscape? To the point of madness one could answer (…) This emerging artist handles horror, extravagance and the opposite without fear of disturbing. His playing is precise, his writing refined, his subjects transgressive. »

In a series of tweets posted at the beginning of the afternoon, the mayor of Nice Christian Estrosi has ” deplored the individual initiative of a humorist who chose the subject of the Nice attack for an extremely unfortunate column which contrasts with the humanity with which France Télé, for several days, has treated the opening of the trial “.

France Television expresses its solidarity with the victims

I mean our collective suffering and my thoughts for the victims whose scars are already reopened by the trial which begins today “, he continues, waiting for the” great public service (…) to accompany with respect and humanity the victims and their families “.

A few hours later, France Télévisions and the Télématin teams provide “ regret that a chronicle with a humorous vocation rightly offended many viewers “. ” We apologize and express our solidarity with the victims of the Nice attack and their loved ones. “, they write.

The replay of the Télématin edition of this Monday, September 5, which also opened with a sequence on “the difficult reconstruction for the victims” of the Nice attack is not currently available on France Televisions website.

See also on The HuffPost: At the trial of the Nice attack, the return of an extraordinary courtroom

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