A drink with Martin Weill: “The older I get, the less opinion I have on things”

Martin Weill, in the Le Classique café, Paris 9ᵉ, June 8, 2023.

He arrives as we imagined: smiling, cool, in a T-shirt and sneakers. This Stakhanovist of reporting with the air of a teenager from the upscale neighborhoods gave us an appointment near his home, in a trendy bar on 9e arrondissement. His press officer warned us: Martin Weill does not like to put himself forward. Yet this is what made its trademark. From 2013 to 2018, viewers of the “Petit Journal”, then of “Quotidien”, were able to see it in the four corners of the world.

The ex-junior of the PAF, who is now 36 years old, estimates that he has traveled more than 600,000 kilometers in all. Her secret to keeping up? A healthy lifestyle, essential to recover from jet lag. However, Martin Weill swears not to be too wise. “I still manage to party with my friends”, he says. How does he live the fact of appearing fifteen years younger than his age, despite this existence of permanent jet lag? “It’s kind of nice when you get older, don’t you think? » Yes, of course.

Sitting on a bench, his hands wisely placed around a half, the journalist, a follower of combative interviews, readily admits that he is not comfortable when he is the one who finds himself in the chair of the interviewee. When asked if he works a lot, he immediately returns the question to his interlocutor: ” Not you ? » Professional deformation, he laughs, before assuring us that he is not a control freak. Now taking the light solo, he has just returned from Bouches-du-Rhône, where he shot the report “Marseille, rebel city”, broadcast Tuesday June 13, on TMC, at 9:15 p.m. No need to go to the end of the world: as a seasoned reporter, Martin has grasped the fascinating character of this special city. “It’s a paradoxical city that generates a lot of fantasies. »

For five years, during his filmed wanderings, we saw him hand his red microphone to Donald Trump voters, conspirators or migrants in Syria. In the show ofinfotainment by Yann Barthès, who deliberately mixes light and serious subjects, people and politics, his appearances have become a postcard-like pop gimmick that has earned him the nickname “Tintin”. To the point that we could reproach him for approaching serious subjects in an entertaining way and for privileging his presence on the screen. to the detriment of the interviewees. Martin Weill assumes this bias. “I think this embodied format has made it possible to interest 15-25 year olds in international news. Our wish is that it pushes them to go deeper. »

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