A Blast video in which Salomé Saqué questions the senior official Nicolas Dufrêne on a possible ban on bitcoin was at the origin of a controversy. Posted on the social network YouTube on December 21, the show posted at the time of writing some 92,900 views and around 2,278 comments, many of which castigated the speakers. Zoom !
To better understand the challenges of this debate, it is in our interest to know Salomé Saqué and Nicolas Dufrêne.
Journalist specializing in economics and politics, Salomé Saqué worked on behalf of Diplomatic world and France 24 before integrating Blast France, Arte and LCP. It is by ensuring the coverage of the yellow vests movement and by producing videos of political and economic decryption under the leadership of these media that she has built her fame.
Co-author of the book An ecological currency, published in 2020, Nicolas Dufrêne is a senior official specializing in institutional and monetary issues and public financing tools. Currently, he directs the Rousseau Institute and writes several articles for the latter’s site. And it is also a proven anti-bitcoin.
“Should we ban bitcoin? “
This is the title of the 40-minute YouTube video by Blast which received ” an avalanche of aggression “.
And the reasons for this surge?
The words of N. Dufrêne
Dufrêne finds that bitcoin (BTC) represents a danger to the monetary and financial system, and it does not secure citizens either. Reason why it is necessary to think of banning it according to him.
Here is part of what he said: ” Bitcoin is like this system. It is an asset which is unequal, which is polluting, which is speculative. It is the very image of the financial markets today. It is not an anti-system currency, it is the epitome of this system.“
He also does not hesitate to neglect the added value of this cryptocurrency compared to those of existing means of payment. Or more precisely the fiat.
The reactions were not long in coming since Blast has to its credit more than 377,000 subscribers.
First, the attacks focused on the journalist who had only done her job. The choice of the speaker was frowned upon by the followersin a French climate with little ambience to the integration of cryptocurrency into its financial ecosystem. Nevertheless, she benefited from a multitude of supports for reasons of impartiality during her intervention.
For the anti-bitcoin economist Dufrêne, facing a salvo ofbitcoin lovers, which he accuses of “sect“, Was expected given its unwavering support for a”dominant system“. Moreover, as a civil servant, is he not required to make a “gig»Of civil servant?
The more balanced comments suggested a confrontation with other guests, “very relevant stakeholders»Not sharing his point of view.
Salomé Saqué had not expected this large-scale lynching after her show. In the future, she is unlikely to venture on the same theme for fear of reliving the same situation.
Either way, bitcoin doesn’t need a red carpet rollout to survive. The disagreements and hatred, sometimes transformed into repression, displayed by financial institutions against it will only arouse the interest of many. Because it is not people thirsty for freedom from the yoke of the traditional system who are lacking in this lower world. Otherwise, in the future, Saqué will have a real interest in bringing more balance in the choice of its speakers, as its humble people point out.followers.
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