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How could the media announce the death of Paul Quilès by mistake?

  • September 22, 2021
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How could the media announce the death of Paul Quilès by mistake?

The daughter of the former socialist minister denied Tuesday evening, to France Télévisions, the death of her father, announced a little earlier.

A terrible mistake. Many French media, mistakenly announced the death of former socialist minister Paul Quilès on Tuesday evening, 21 September. Shortly after the announcement was broadcast, one of the daughters of this Mitterrandie figure denied her father’s death to France Télévisions. How did we get here?

On Tuesday, a journalist from La Dépeche newspaper informed them about the death of Paul Quilès. The journalist was able to confirm this rumor with two officials, namely Bernard Andrieu and Christophe Ramond, who were the mayor and president of the Tarn department council respectively.

Shortly afterward, the Chairman of the Departmental Council of the Tarn stated to announce publicly the death of the former socialist figure. Christophe Ramond said he was “moved” and stressed that “he is a very important character who is leaving us today”, at France Bleu Occitanie, which also publishes the information around 9:30 pm.

Then it is the turn of Agence France Presse to send an alert to all the media announcing the death of Paul Quilès, always based on the statements of the departmental advisor. Many national and local media then publish the information and some send a notification to their subscribers.

A “regrettable odd”
At around 11 pm, the Chairman of the Tarn Departmental Council issues a new press release. The family of Paul Quilès has just confirmed (…) that this information is erroneous”, writes Christophe Ramond on Twitter. “Following this unfortunate error, support, and friendship to (Paul) Quilès and his relatives.”

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