Journalist Franck Ballanger, the husband of the newly appointed Minister of Sports in the French Government, Roxana Maracineanu, will not report on sports anymore for Radio France, due to conflict of interests, his head editor Guy Lagache has said, digisport.ro reports.
Franck Ballanger is a sports journalist, but the number two with the Figaro group argues he would be in conflict of interests. “He is not covering sports anymore. It’s complicated for him to continue covering this field, because he would be in conflict of interests. He is an eminent journalist. We will find together the best solution for the future,” Lagache said.
Romanian born Roxana Mărăcineanu, World Champion in 200 meters backstroke in 1998 and Olympic vice-champion in 2000 was appointed Minister of Sports in the French Government last Tuesday, replacing Laura Flessel.
Roxana Mărăcineanu was born on May 7, 1975 in Bucharest and immigrated to France in 1984. In 1998, in Perth, Australia, she became the first athlete from France to won the World Champion title in swimming. In 2000, she was second in 200 metres backstroke at the Olympic Games in Sidney, the gold medal being won by Romanian Diana Mocanu.
In 2004 she withdrew from sports, has been TV consultant on sports and started the political career, becoming regional counsellor in Île de France, in the region of Paris.
Roxana Maracineanu granted an interview in 2017 to ‘Le Parisien’ recalling how she and her family went to France, the relationship with the French coach and the way she experienced the Romanian national anthem played for Diana Mocanu in Sidney.
“I am fully Romanian and I am fully French,” she claimed.
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