"Not only are they [French politicians] smooth talkers, but in France, the fact that a politician tells a lie is not considered very serious. While in the United States, in Great Britain, it is unthinkable."Thus is France 2's David Pujadas quoted (speaking to Arrêt sur images' Daniel Schneidermann) in Franck Nouchi's Le Monde column.
"In France there is a tradition of non-communication", adds Philippe Chaffanjon, director of France Info. "Ask the foreign correspondents stationed in Paris. They are appalled by the way the system works."