More than 20 million viewers followed the interview with Emmanuel Macron on TF1 and France 2 on Wednesday, during which the president announced curfews in Ile-de-France and in eight metropolises to stem the epidemic of coronavirus.
On TF1, the interview was watched by 11.89 million viewers, or 40.2% audience share, while 9.03 million listened to the president’s announcements on France 2, or 30.5% of audience share, according to data from Médiamétrie on Thursday.
Qualifying the health situation as “worrying”, the Head of State announced “stricter measures” in order to reduce the number of Covid-19 contaminations “from 20,000 to 3,000 or 5,000” per day.
The most spectacular is the imposition from Saturday, for at least one month, of curfews in Paris and its region, as well as in the metropolitan areas of Lille, Grenoble, Lyon, Aix-Marseille, Montpellier, Rouen, Toulouse. and Saint-Etienne, the most affected by the resumption of the epidemic since the start of the school year.
This score, although very high, is far from the absolute audience record, established by the president during the confinement: his speech of April 13 had been followed by 36.7 million viewers. Previously, 35.4 million spectators had watched his speech on March 16, announcing the establishment of containment.
The last interview of Emmanuel Macron in the 8:00 p.m. newspapers of TF1 and France 2, live from Saint-Martin-Vésubie (Alpes-Maritimes) stricken by bad weather, had gathered 11.1 million viewers last week, according to the chains.