Macron tries to make the party seem more palatable says professor
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The French President unleashed his fury about unvaccinated people in France after warning he intends to “p*** off” those who are still refusing to get a jab with new restrictions. Speaking to French daily Le Parisien, Mr Macron said: “The unvaccinated, I really want to p*** them off. And so, we’re going to continue doing so, until the end. That’s the strategy.” In his interview, the French President used the term “emmerder” to express how he wanted to stir up the unvaccinated.
The expression “emmerder”, from “merde”, that can also be translated as “to get on their nerves”, is considered “very informal” by French dictionary Larousse.
Mr Macron also said: “I won’t send [unvaccinated people] to prison.
“So we need to tell them, from 15 January, you will no longer be able to go to the restaurant.
“You will no longer be able to go for a coffee, you will no longer be able to go to the theatre. You will no longer be able to go to the cinema.”
But the BBC has sparked fury on social media by spelling out the term “p*** off” in full in their headline for the online story on Macron’s remarks.
The broadcaster also used the term in full when referencing the comments from the French President.
However, this has sparked a furious reaction from several people on Twitter, who launched a furious attack against the BBC over the use of the term in the headline.
Raoul Lopes Dias (@MexicanFiver) raged: “Excuse me for being the prude, but is ‘p*** off’ now normal daily discourse?
“BBC have just changed this to ‘hassle’ but all day on the website it was ‘p off” and the reporter on the news channel just said ‘p off’.”
Denis MacShane (@DenisMacShane) tweeted: “BBC translating Macron’s ’emmerder’ on anti-vaxers as ‘p*** off’.
“Fair shot but in French for me ’emmerder’ is not much more than ‘annoy’ even with cloacal (sic) metaphor.”
Twitter user jonestheboat (@jonestheboat) wrote: “Wow, that’s the first time I’ve ever heard ‘p*** off!’ on the BBC One o’clock News. Twice!
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“But it’s OK, they were quoting Macron.”
Mr Macron’s remarks also sparked a fierce reaction from some of his fiercest political rivals – just months before the crunch presidential election in May.
Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen tweeted: “A president shouldn’t say that… Emmanuel Macron is unworthy of his office.”
Right-wing Republican candidate Valérie Pécresse expressed her fury the president had accused unvaccinated people of not being citizens.
She told CNews: “You have to accept them as they are – lead them, bring them together and not insult them.”
Party colleague Bruno Retailleau also said: “Emmanuel Macron says he has learned to love the French, but it seems he especially likes to despise them.”
The BBC declined to comment when approached by Express.co.uk.
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