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14 February, 2018
Macron moves journalists out of Elysée press room
Photo: French President Emmanuel Macron | Christophe Petit-Tesson/AFP via Getty Images
Reporters were given the presidential palace space about four decades ago.
French President Emmanuel Macron’s office is closing the press room inside the Elysée Palace and moving it down the street, advisers told reporters Wednesday.
Macron’s communications adviser Sibeth Ndiaye said the presidency made the decision in order to give reporters a “bigger” space, and added that the move will take place by the summer, AFP reported.
Reporters have had a press room inside the presidential palace for some 40 years, from where they are able to cover press conferences and visits by foreign leaders, among other events.
One adviser said the move is intended to end “privileges” that journalists have, while government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said the change was made for “operational” reasons, the Associated Press reported.
Since taking office, Macron’s relations with the press have often been strained. His office has increasingly used social media platforms like Facebook and YouTube to make statements rather than publicly answering media questions.