The sequence had taken aback more than one. Friday March 8 during the ceremony to seal the Constitution with its paragraph on voluntary termination of pregnancy (abortion), singer Catherine Ringer refused to embrace Emmanuel Macron. The president came down from the podium to salute his personal interpretation of La Marseillaise. But the singer ostensibly returned to her place with confident steps. Asked about this episode, Catherine Ringer commented on the episode on Wednesday March 13 on the Télématin set.

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“I found that it was simply the kiss that was misplaced, it was a solemn situation. He first gave me an old-fashioned hand kiss. I tried to make one for him again but it wasn’t possible so that was a little saving grace. And afterward, he said to me: “Let’s kiss.” No, I found that it wasn’t right, that the president was giving me a kiss there,” says Catherine Ringer. The artist assumes his gesture with aplomb. “I’m not his friend, either,” she testifies, specifying that she “didn’t particularly like kissing all the time.” Such a gesture, in this situation, would have been “an expression of cronyism which was not fair,” according to her. “At that moment, it was for him, for his com’, to say: ‘I’m friends with the artists,’ she continues. I was extremely honored that he invited me, delighted to know that he had insisted, but it was a solemn and serious moment this Marseillaise.

Faced with the impact that the sequence had on social networks, the singer of Rita Mitsouko expresses a simple regret / “I was perhaps wrong to leave like that, I would have better to say “oh no, not the kiss” and to stay. But it’s not very serious, I think there are more serious things and that there are other things to think about like the war and the varied histories of our country.”

On Place Vendôme, Catherine Ringer proposed a feminist version of the national anthem. A cappella and accompanied by the chorus of the French army, the first phrase of the chorus became “to arms, citizens, citizenes” and the last, the “impure blood” which “waters our furrows” also became “a pure law in the Constitution. An interpretation that was applauded for a long time by the audience. For its part, the Élysée explained that it had not been informed of this adaptation. “She did it freely,” Emmanuel Macron commented to the press.