Aides To The French President Say He’s Too Smart For A Press Conference

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French President Emmanuel Macron is too intelligent to answer questions from reporters, aides say.

Sources at the Élysée Palace told Le Monde that Macron will not hold a press conference on Bastille Day, as his “complex thought process lends itself badly to the game of question-and-answer with journalists.”

Aides to the president did not elaborate as to which Macron thoughts are too sophisticated for the French press.

Bastille Day is observed annually on July 14. A Parisian mob stormed the Bastille — an armory and political prison in the heart of Paris — on July 14, 1789, outraged at the decadence of King Louis XVI’s court in Versailles. The day’s events occasioned years of bloodshed and culture war, which ended in the abolition of the French monarchy and the rise of Napoleon.

Today, the storming of the Bastille goes by the title la Fete nationale, or “national celebration.”

The French president traditionally gives a news conference and takes questions from the press as part of the day’s formal political proceedings.

Macron imagines a lofty role for the president in French public life. During his campaign, Macron told supporters he hopes to strike a “Jupiterian” figure as president of the Fifth Republic — in Roman mythology, Jupiter is the height and summit of power, king of all deities and god of the sky.

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