Presedintele Nicolas Sarkozy a anuntat ca tara sa va inceta emisia postului France 24, un canal de stiri non-stop in limba engleza, informeaza BBC.
Seful cabinetului de la Paris solicitase inlocuirea postului cu un canal de limbra franceza, denumit France Monde.
"Nu suntem pregatiti sa emitem, cu banii contribuabililor, un canal de televiziune care nu e in franceza", a declarat el.
France 24 a fost lansat in luna decembrie a anului 2006 de catre Jacques Chirac, postul emitand in intreaga lume in franceza, engleza si araba.
Oficialii de la Paris isi fixasera drept obiectiv sa concureze dominatia mondiala a posturilor de limba engleza, precum BBC World si CNN.
France Monde, despre care se spera ca va emite cat mai curand, isi propune sa ofere telespectatorilor o perspectiva globala mai importanta despre realitatile Frantei.
Text of report by French news agency AFP
Paris, 9 January: French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said on Wednesday [9 January] that he did “not completely” agree with abandoning the broadcasting in foreign languages advocated by President Nicolas Sarkozy for the future publicly-owned channel “France-Monde”.
Mr Sarkozy caused surprise on Tuesday when he said he wanted this new channel - bringing together the resources of TV5, France 24 and Radio France Internationale (RFI) - to be created “this year” and to broadcast only in “French”.
“It seems pointless to him to compete in English with news channels such as CNN, Al Jazeera or BBC World. To me, not completely. I think there is a ‘French touch’ [last two words in English] which will have to be developed,” Mr Kouchner told the press when asked about Mr Sarkozy’s announcement.
The 24-hour news channel France 24 currently broadcasts in French, English and Arabic, and RFI broadcasts in French and 19 foreign languages.
Mr Kouchner added that he had talked about this with Mr Sarkozy. “We pointed out to him that first there are subtitles, and then that there are also switch-overs,” he said. Nicolas Sarkozy “admitted that”, he added.
Only yesterday President Sarkozy envisaged “subtitles according to region - Spanish, Arab, English - to provide France’s point of view”.
“The president has expressed his opinion and it is he who will take the decision,” Mr Kouchner went on. “But the consultation period has barely begun and the conception period is not over,” he stressed, while highlighting the need to “reflect with three entities” (TV5, France 24 and RFI).
Culture and Communication Minister Christine Albanel said on Wednesday that the debate was “not closed”. She added, however, that “it is true that the president thinks that French culture can best be conveyed in French”.
(Source: AFP news agency, Paris, in French 1517 gmt 9 Jan 08 via BBC Monitoring)
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