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"Politics in France is heading to the right and I don't want rightwing politicians back in second, or even first place because we showed burning cars on television," Mr Dassier told an audience of broadcasters at the News Xchange conference in Amsterdam today.
"Having satellites trained on towns across France 24 hours a day showing the violence would have been wrong and totally disproportionate ... Journalism is not simply a matter of switching on the cameras and letting them roll. You have to think about what you're broadcasting," he said.
Mr Dassier denied he was guilty of "complicity" with the French authorities, which this week invoked an extraordinary state-of-emergency law passed during the country's war with Algeria 50 years ago.
But he admitted his decision was partly motivated by a desire to avoid encouraging the resurgence of extreme rightwing views in France.
Originally posted by IComeWithASword
Besides the protesters, there are a group of "agitators" in the crowd who are planning actual violence rather than just burning cars. Watch for these maggots in the coming days. They are trying to spin into a violent protest, rather than burning those cars. Right wing or left wing, they are both the same, they just give people the comforting thought that they have actual choices to choose from. Vive le France.