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Aquilino Morelle: "My first lesson in political communication"

"At home, we did not read The world. My mother, who raised seven children, did not have a minute to herself, and, anyway, she did not master French. The only newspaper that came in at home, that was The Chained Duck. Every Wednesday night, my dad, on his way home from work – he was a hardworking worker, that is to say that he was laying down blades for machine tools, the Citroën factory in Nanterre â € "told us with pleasure one or two articles that he had read. A family ritual, a ceremonial Republican too, because my parents were "Rojos": Spanish Republicans who fled the Franco regime to make a living in France.

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In medicine, either, we did not read The world. When I studied at the beginning of the 1980s for domestic politics, we were immersed in The morning of Paris or Liba © ration. It was in 1985, when I entered Sciences Po, while doing my medical internship – I was already married at the time, I had already two sons â € "that The world has entered my life.

The worldrue Saint-Guillaume, that was an obligation. Not only because it was an instrument of work, with verified information, solid knowledge. But because it was the implicit or explicit reference of all student conversations. An overhead log of sorts, for the elite. I started reading it every day.

Report on Contaminated Blood

It's at World that I owe my first mission, when I left the ENA, and finally my first approach to the political sphere. Following an article by Jean-Yves Nau and Franck Nouchi on the contaminated blood and the transfusion scandal, in April 1992, the General Inspectorate of Social Affairs (Igas), whom I come to join, asks me and two other colleagues to investigate the subject.

At the time, we had six months to work on this kind of mission! For the Mediator, in 2010, I gave six weeks! Times have changed, the mediatic time has changed. In short, let's go back to 1992. As of November 4, more precisely. The report on the contaminated blood is over, his conclusions are final: the high level of contamination of the transfused is related to the practice of collecting blood in the prisons, which validated the paper of the two journalists of the World.

It's a Tuesday night, I've stuck all the pages of the report, its cover is orange, and I'm getting ready to hand it over to Minister of Health Bernard Kouchner. It is 11.30 pm when I enter his office. After a few minutes of trading, I hear the minister telling his advisers: "Now, maybe we could ask our friend to come. AT"

Stunned, I see then enter the room Franck Nouchi. He is given the report and he goes back quietly to read it and prepare his paper in the office next door. It will be at "one" the next day. That day, I really understood the power of World. This was my first lesson in political communication. The continuation of my career would only comfort it, and I have throughout all my years in Matignon and the Elysée tied a strong link with this title and its journalists. AT"

Aquilino Morelle, former political adviser to the prime minister Lionel Jospin between 1997 and 2002 and the president of the French Republic Hollande between 2012 and 2014, is now a general inspector of social affairs.

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