Minister's wife hits back over political talk show

11th September 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Sept 10, 2007 (AFP) - A star television presenter who is the partner of French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner hit back Monday against unions who raised doubts about her decision to front a new political talk show on a state-owned channel.

PARIS, Sept 10, 2007 (AFP) - A star television presenter who is the partner of French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner hit back Monday against unions who raised doubts about her decision to front a new political talk show on a state-owned channel.

The National Journalists Union (SNJ) said the credibility of "Duel on Three" -- to open later this month on France 3 television -- will suffer because of Christine Ockrent's relationship with a leading member of the government.

"What will happen when what is in the news is something like France's relations with Libya?" the SNJ said in a statement.

But Ockrent described the criticism as "sexist, misogynist and perfectly insulting."

"One would never ask a male journalist what his ties were with this or that woman politician," she said. "In whose name is a woman supposed to sacrifice her professional career on behalf of her husband's?"

Several leading French politicians are in relationships with journalists: Ecology Minister Jean-Louis Borloo is married to news presenter Beatrice Schonberg and former interior minister Francois Baroin is the partner of anchorwoman Marie Drucker.

Both women stepped down temporarily from their presenting jobs during the election campaign earlier this year.

Former socialist finance minister and nominee for the top post at the IMF Dominique Strauss-Kahn is married to broadcast journalist Anne Sinclair.

AFP

Subject: French news

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