The newspaper Le Monde presented Saturday evening its apologies after the publication of an “unfortunate” photo on the cover of M, its weekly magazine, which superimposes an image of Emmanuel Macron and that of a demonstration on the Champs Elysées in a decor that evokes Hitler and Nazi iconography.
“Graphic intentions that obviously do not correspond to the reproaches that are addressed to us” wrote the Director of editorial, Luc Bronner, in lemonde.fr.
“Obviously” ! People are so malicious, who put on social networks the reverse images of Emmanuel Macron and Adolf Hitler !
The excuses of the Director of the editorial offices of Le Monde would be funny in a context different from that of France at the moment: “The elements used referred to the graphics of the Russian constructivists at the beginning of the 20th century, who used black and red. It is also inspired by the work of artists, including those of Lincoln Agnew.” We are talking with the Russian constructivism of a current that is little known beyond the 5th and 6th arrondissements of Paris !
With a great benevolence, Laurence Parisot wondered on Twitter about the unconscious that was hidden behind this cover. But the unconscious is an individual affair, where a blanket signifies the editorial choice of a writing as a whole.
That the authors of this cover are not the sharpest knives in the drawer, there is little doubt. But the Director of the editorial department explains to us a stupid intellectual thing above ground absolutely bewildering.
We are there in the French movie Les Tontons Flingueurs : “Fools dare everything, it is even here that one recognizes them”.
Except that now, enough is enough !
Iconography: The cover of M, the magazine Le Monde of December 29, 2018, associated by “malicious” social networks to a poster created by the Canadian graphic designer Lincoln Agnew.
After working as an international banker for emerging countries, Laurent Lascols became global head of country risk / sovereign risk (from 2008 to 2013) then global director of public affairs (from 2014 to 2019) for Societe Generale. In 2021, he founded Aristote, an advisory firm and training organization dedicated to environmental economics, sustainable finance and impact finance.