VIDEO – In 2014, the presenter of TF1’s 20 Hours interviewed the Russian president with Jean-Pierre Elkabbach. He told his memories to Yann Barthès.
Invited in “Daily” Friday evening on TMC, Gilles Bouleau returned to the interview with Vladimir Poutine that he had conducted with Jean-Pierre Elkabbach for TF1 and Europe 1 in 2014. The two journalists had gone to Sochi, “200 meters from Stalin’s summer residence“, underlined the presenter of the 20 Hours of the One to Yann Barthès. “She’s crazy this interview“, he added.
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The appointment is set for one day in June at 2 p.m. Except that the head of the Kremlin will never arrive at the appointed time. “At 3 p.m. there was still no mini-bus that was supposed to take us from the hotel to Putin’s residence“recalls Gilles Bouleau. It is only at 5 p.m. that the car is chartered. When they arrive at the interview site, the surprise is great. “We arrive in a room five times smaller than this one(in comparison with the “Daily” setEd.). Without a toilet, without a faucet, without anything to eat. The detail matters“, Continues the star of TF1.
At 7 p.m., the head of the Kremlin is still waiting. His press officer urges the French to take their troubles patiently. “I went to pee in the begonias, went out and went for a drink“recalls Gilles Bouleau who will wait, with his colleague and his cameramen, at night to see the guest disembark. After his midnight nap. “It’s 1 a.m., it’s fresh as a roach. We are exhausted, overwhelmed, tired“says the former Washington correspondent, recalling that Stalin had the same habits as Putin, a”night owl who only worked at night, going to bed at 6 o’clock».
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Even so, the interview is “unbelievable“, describes Gilles Bouleau. “The physical presence of Vladimir Putin, the eyes that pierce you…he explains. The interview is going well. He does not hesitate to show you that he is aggressive. It’s not a role play, it’s not trying to be nice“, he adds. After the interview, Vladimir Putin is threatening: “The question you asked me earlier, no Russian journalist dares to ask me“, Meant the Russian president to Birch, making him a sign of death “Indistinctly” of the hand, passing his thumb under his throat. Without resentment, he will still offer her to drink champagne afterwards. “We discuss and there he is ready to discuss until the end of the night. And there you understand who the character is», concludes Gilles Bouleau.
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