Macron’s Twitter account raises election questions – POLITICO

PARIS – Emmanuel Macron’s campaign team wants the same rules to apply to the French president and his rivals on Twitter. according to local media.

In mid-March, the National Committee for Election Campaign Control asked the President’s team to stop using Macrons Twitter account for electoral purposes after his “Letter to the French people” announcing his candidacy was shared with his eight million followers.

Now the head of state’s camp is calling for other presidential candidates, such as Valérie Pécresse, the president of the Greater Paris Region, and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, not to be allowed to share any material about the presidential campaign on their personal accounts.

“None of the candidates, with the exception of us, implemented the committee’s recommendations,” Macron’s team wrote in a letter leaked to Agence France-Presse, hoping they “will be applied with the same diligence by all the other candidates.” who have pronounced their accounts.”

Macron’s campaign no longer uses his personal Twitter account, but another one called “Emmanuel Macron avec vous,” which has a much smaller audience of around 23,100 followers so far. The speech of the French President about his election program last week was broadcast on the latter.

The dispute underscores the importance of social media in the French presidential election campaign. It also shows how difficult it is for Macron to simultaneously be incumbent president and seek re-election at the same time. However, he is on course to retain his presidency, according to POLITICO polls. Macron's Twitter account raises election questions - POLITICO

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