Will there be any televised first-round presidential debates in France during the “equal airtime” period that starts on 28 March 2022?
The rule in France in 2022 is that the media must treat verified candidates for the presidency "equitably" until 28 March, and from then on it must treat them "equally". So before 28 March airtime is allocated according to performance in opinion polls and in previous elections, and from that date onwards all 12 candidates are required to be given equal airtime.
This is complicated by some candidates deciding not to participate in certain planned debates.
Regarding the first round of the election, which is to say while there are still 12 candidates and their number hasn't yet been reduced to two, my question is whether any televised debates are foreseen in the "equality" period in which every candidate will be given a chance to participate.