Web Summit and Marine Le Pen between parodic song and brief news

 


This morning, the France Inter station reported that “ Marine Le Pen is not welcome in Portugal”, in a chronicle that ended with a song in the form of “advice” to the leader of the French far right.

Before the song, the radio station briefly reported the “startle” of Bloco de Esquerda when considering that Marine Le Pen’s statements “incite to anger, xenophobia and racism” and added that “several voices, including in the PS , denounced the arrival of 'Madame' Le Pen as intolerable”.

“The conclusion of all this is as the song says: to travel more easily, Marine Le Pen should make 'everyone like her'”, concluded the France Inter column, followed by the music of the artist Ben Popp: “If If I were Marine Le Pen, would I make everyone love me, from immigrants to illegal immigrants, from Europeans to Americans?”

In its 'online' edition, the Journal du Dimanche (JDD) took up an article from the Reuters agency and headlined that “in light of the controversy, Marine Le Pen was removed from the Web Summit's guest list”.

The JDD explained that “the organizers of this “Davos da Tecnologia” indicated, on Wednesday, that the president of the 'Rassemblement national' was no longer welcome, after several voices had spoken out against her presence, namely on the left. Portuguese”.

The newspaper added that “the controversy also stirred social networks, in which many internet users underlined the anti-democratic message that the departure of Marine Le Pen could provoke”.

HuffPost wrote that “after all, it was a no” and that Marine Le Pen ended up “removed from the Web Summit after a long controversy”.

The portal explained that the Web Summit “is the opportunity for thousands of 'start-ups' to meet and try to seduce investors” and recalled that “in 2017, their organization had already been criticized after a festive dinner at the national Pantheon” .

The same remark about the dinner at the Pantheon was made in the 'online' edition of the magazine L'Express, which took up the news from the France Presse agency, and which headlined that “Marine Le Pen's invitation to the Web Summit was canceled due to the controversy ”.

From AFP, the website of Le Point magazine also described the “controversy after the invitation to Marine Le Pen” and reported that “the organizers of the Web Summit were strongly criticized for having invited the leader of the national Rassemblement”.

The online edition of Courier International has taken up an excerpt from today's chronicle by João Miguel Tavares in the Público newspaper: The invitation to Mrs Le Pen is controversial, without a doubt. But much more serious is this: there is a very contemporary mania of wanting to stop the peeps of opinions that we consider abject. And this represents a scandalous political setback for anyone who believes in respect for freedom of thought and expression.”

Lusa tried to get a reaction from Marine Le Pen to the withdrawal of the invitation to the Web Summit, an event that is being held for the third consecutive year in the Portuguese capital, but neither she nor her party want to comment, according to the press office.

The executive chairman of the Web Summit, Irish Paddy Cosgrave, announced this Wednesday on Twitter that he has decided to withdraw the invitation to the leader of the French far right, Marine Le Pen.

In a series of tweets, Cosgrave explained that his team, “based on the advice” they received and “the widespread 'online' reaction throughout the evening”, concluded that Le Pen's presence “is disrespectful in particular to the host country” and “for some of the tens of thousands of participants” from all over the world who attend the technological and innovation event.

The official stressed that “the issue of hate, freedom of expression and technological platforms is decisive in 2018”, so the Web Summit “will redouble its efforts to address this difficult issue more carefully”.

The invitation to Marine Le Pen aroused controversy after the Bloco de Esquerda and the SOS Racismo Association demanded that the entities involved in the organization of the event take a public position.

Cosgrave reacted at first, explaining the decision and stating that if the Portuguese Government asked, it would accept to withdraw the invitation.

This Wednesday, the Ministry of Economy announced in a statement that it has no intervention in the “selection of speakers” of the Web Summit and that it values ​​its realization in Portugal.


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