Julien Pichené, with Solène Delinger 10:13 am, December 04, 2023

Jean-Luc Mélenchon attacked Ruth Elkrief on Sunday, December 3 on her X account. The leader of La France Insoumise described the LCI journalist as a "fanatic" following a particularly tense exchange on the Middle East with Manuel Bompard. TF1 has given its support to Ruth Elkrief.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon at the heart of a new controversy. The leader of France Insoumise called Ruth Elkrief a "fanatic" and accused her of despising Muslims. It all started with an interview with Manuel Bompard given to the LCI columnist on Sunday, December 3rd.

Jean-Luc Mélenchon called Ruth Elkrief a "fanatic"

Of course, it was a question of the situation in the Middle East and more specifically of Jean-Luc Mélenchon's statement that the resumption of Israeli bombing in Gaza presents all the indications of a genocidal will. And the exchange was very tense... The leader of La France insoumise, who followed the show, attacked Ruth Elkrief on her X account: "Ruth Elkrief. Manipulative. If Muslims are not insulted, this fanatic will be outraged," he wrote.

Pascal Praud defends Ruth Elkrief

The TF1 group, the parent company of the LCI news channel, immediately responded on the same network to defend its journalist. "The TF1 group strongly supports Ruth Elkrief and deeply deplores the odious invective and inappropriate insinuations to which she is subjected."

The TF1 Group strongly supports Ruth Elkrief and deeply deplores the odious invective and inappropriate insinuations to which she is subjected.

— TF1 Group (@GroupeTF1) December 3, 2023

Many journalists also reacted on Sunday afternoon. Like Pascal Praud, of CNews and Europe 1, who considers that "every journalist in France should condemn these words against one of our most remarkable colleagues". Apolline de Malherbe of RMC and BFMTV, for her part, spoke of danger. "Journalists who are being intimidated because they are Jewish? So they wouldn't be objective? We must collectively denounce these practices that threaten freedom of information and democracy," the journalist wrote.