Unflattering interview: Does Alain Berset consider himself a “demi-god”? His attitude annoys his own camp

Unflattering interview: Does Alain Berset consider himself a “demi-god”? His attitude annoys his own camp
Unflattering interview: Does Alain Berset consider himself a “demi-god”? His attitude annoys his own camp

“We’re doing an interview, if you don’t mind, and not a CV”: Alain Berset’s attitude during an interview with the student media “Caféine Média” is annoying even in his own camp. Hugo Clémence, vice-president of the Neuchâtel PS, is irritated by the attitude of the former federal councillor which, according to him, “taints all the work done to restore confidence in politics”.

An interview with Alain Berset recorded on August 1, 2023, is causing a stir almost a year later.

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A few weeks ago, Caféine Média, a student media outlet that decodes Swiss news and politics, revealed an unpublished excerpt from an interview with the former Federal Councilor. The video, recorded on August 1, 2023, is accompanied by the provocative caption “Discover the real Alain Berset!”

The young girl begins the interview with this question: “Mr. Berset, can you summarize your role in a few words?”

Visibly annoyed, Alain Berset responds curtly: “You stop everything”, before turning to his communications manager to demand that they “check the questions” and prepare an “interview that holds up”.

A few moments later, the Fribourg native returned and said with a hint of irony: “We’re doing an interview, if you like, not a CV.”

A video that apparently displeased the Federal Department of the Interior (FDHA). Indeed, a few months later, the media outlet founded in summer 2023 requested an interview with the new Federal Councilor Elisabeth Baume-Schneider. A request rejected by Christian Favre, the head of communications, reveals Blick.

Which has the gift of making the hairs stand on end of the vice-president of the Neuchâtel Socialist Party Hugo Clémence. The member of the Grand Council says he is “annoyed” by the behaviour of the new Secretary General of the Council of Europe.

Interviewed by the daily, Hugo Clémence returned to Alain Berset’s attitude towards budding journalists. “It would have taken half a second. (…) It is symptomatic of a disconnect between politicians and the population. We see that these young people are in good faith, (…) that they take the time to be interested in politics and that they are happy to have the president in front of them. (…) This kind of image and behavior weighs on people’s interest in politics, and in particular young people,” laments the socialist.

“A 19 or 25 year old who creates political content for social networks is not an accredited journalist with 40 years of experience under his belt. And that’s normal. We must welcome him in a benevolent manner,” he continues.

Before concluding: “We, local elected officials and activists, are on the ground all year long to explain to the population why it is important to vote and to elect people who represent them. This kind of video tarnishes all the work done to restore confidence in politics.”

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