Investigation“Vocations in series” (5/6). Windows on the exercise of power, the political series serve as instructions for use for young aspirants and sometimes even for those who are already in office.
In a split second, his head wobbles, his security officers behind him grabbing him. On June 8, 2021, Emmanuel Macron has just been slapped by a man, during a trip to the Drôme. “The slap is in the last season of Black baron ! “, writes us in the wake of Gaspard Gantzer, the former communications advisor to François Hollande, whom we questioned the day before about his appetite for political series. On this occasion, this fan of the American production To the White House (seven seasons, 157 episodes) had slipped, prophetic: “In politics, the real creates the fiction, and the fiction the real. ”
How, indeed, not to see the troubling parallel between this slap and that received in Black baron by President Amélie Dorendeu, readily perceived as an incarnation of Emmanuel Macron? An hour later, another text, from La France insoumise (LFI) this time: “Who inspires whom? “, asks the deputy Alexis Corbière. Chicken or egg, difficult to answer.
Of the six seasons of House of Cards to the three of Black Baron, through Danish Borgen, a woman in power (three seasons, 30 episodes), political series have become objects of debate and identification among elected officials, activists, members of cabinets or parliamentary assistants. Windows of our century on the exercise of power, they are as many mirrors held out to the regulars of this universe who, more and more, say they revel in these popular works, and even draw inspiration from them. Despite their sometimes gloomy painting, they maintain a fascination with the cogs of power, even fanning certain flames.
At Morgane L’Haridon, we didn’t talk about politics. This young parliamentary assistant to two ecologist MEPs took an interest in it in the privacy of her room, with To the White House as a guide. “It was so exciting, the adrenaline rush of decision making and all those important acts that emanated from a team of three or four people with an elected official, she remembers. These are jobs that I never even thought about. “
In fact, these series have brought out a myriad of shadow roles, as close as possible to those who are active off the radar, starting with the famous spin doctor, this communication advisor to whom we should often, if we are to believe some these fictions, the turning point of an election.
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