At Agence France-Presse, the French State Plays a Heavy Hand

Emmanuel Hoog was hoping to secure a fresh term as the head of Agence France-Presse last Wednesday. Then he received an unwelcome phone call. Hoog, who’d served as AFP’s chairman and CEO since 2010, was about to go up against challenger Fabrice Fries in a board of directors vote when the French government called–hours before the vote was scheduled to take place–to say it wouldn’t be supporting him.

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