"President Nicolas Sarkozy said France will stop funding the English-language version of round-the-clock news channel France 24, calling for a new French-only network to replace it. 'With taxpayers' money, I am not prepared to broadcast a channel that does not speak French,' Sarkozy told a press conference. ... Sarkozy said a new channel, France Monde (France World), would be created 'as fast as possible, at any rate this year', grouping the resources of the existing networks Radio France Internationale, TV5 television, and France 24. ... 'Between Al-Jazeera, the Arab perspective, and CNN, the Anglo-Saxon perspective, we would like to carry more of a French perspective,' he said.
'We can perfectly have regional subtitling, in Spanish, Arabic, English, to carry a vision that is more French.'" Thomson Financial, 8 January 2008
. "Mr Sarkozy ... wants to merge France24, the French version of CNN, with TV5Monde, a channel aimed at international audiences, and Radio France Internationale to form an umbrella organisation similar to the BBC World Service." Financial Times, 8 January 2008
. "The position is distinctly different from the position taken by Sarkozy’s predecessor Jacques Chirac, who was happy to see France 24 launch in its current format in December 2006, to give a French perspective on the world. The channel broadcasts in French, English and Arabic with plans to add a Spanish language version." Broadband TV News, 9 January 2008
. "And he also turned his attention to how France is seen internationally via French media established for that purpose – TV5, general interest programming in French mostly supported by France but with Belgian, Swiss, and French-Canadian financial contributions, Radio France International (RFI) and France 24, Jacques Chirac’s creation of a 24-hour all news TV station to present the French point of view globally. Sarkozy said all had problems of one sort of another – he seemed to be saying RFI had editorial woes, France 24 was a fine editorial product but it just was not being seen in many global homes, and TV5 had financial issues. His solution, he said, is to bring all of them under one umbrella. He sounded very Chirac when he said he was not interested in investing in any channel that was not broadcasting in French although subtitles in Spanish and Arabic and the like were ok, but although unclear one assumes those comments were not directed at the English and other language outputs of France 24. ... So when Sarkozy started emphasizing how important he believed it was to get the French point of view across globally ftm flipped to CNN to see if it was covering the news conference live. No, it was regular programming. Then to BBC World. No, it was regular programming. Well, surely EuroNews, but no it, too, was regular programming. So it would seem on an international basis, for a non-French speaker to know what Sarkozy was talking about the only option was France 24, and before that network launched about a year ago Sarkozy’s full comments just would not have had global distribution. With that in mind, extended station carriage deals would seem to be a priority." Philip M. Stone, followthemedia.com. 9 January 2008