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Sarkozy's links to media barons draw comparison to Berlusconi

Sarkozy's links to media barons draw comparison to Berlusconi

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has powerful friends in France's media, and the appointment of a close aide to head the top TV station has fueled fears the rightwinger may use his contacts to lean on the press.
"This really is the Berlusconi method. This collusion of big media and political power is completely indecent," charged Faouzi Lamdaoui, the opposition Socialist Party's equality secretary.
He made the parallel with the practices of the former Italian prime minister and media tycoon Silvio Berlusconi after Laurent Solly, Sarkozy's former deputy election campaign manager, was appointed as a director of TF1 television.
The accusation echoed the charge that Sarkozy's camp was "trying to control everything through very powerful links to finance and the media" made by the defeated Socialist candidate Segolene Royal during the recent election campaign.
And the media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said there was cause for concern over the suppression of an article written for a Sunday paper saying Sarkozy's wife Cecilia had not bothered to vote in the second round of the election.
"The fact that the article did not appear, in all likelihood following pressure by the main shareholder (of the newspaper) who is a friend of Sarkozy, leads us to be particularly vigilant," RSF's Jean-Francois Juillard said.
Sarkozy's spokesman flatly denied that members of the president's entourage had applied pressure on the Journal du Dimanche to stop the article being published.