The interview with Francis Lalanne, Saturday, at a citizen university in Avignon where notably “yellow vests” intervened, by a team of journalists from TMC’s flagship show quickly slipped, as shown in the sequence broadcast on Monday June 7 in the evening in “Quotidien”.
The interview proceeds correctly before straining, Mr. Lalanne accusing of « manipulation » the journalists who questioned him about remarks by Jean-Marie Bigard qualifying in particular the former Minister of Health Agnès Buzyn of “Bitch”. Mr. Lalanne ” not allowed “ for journalists to use their « images », then get up and scream several times “Remove what’s in the camera”, while around him relatives repeatedly shout: “Francis! Stopped ! “ The images then become confusing.
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Paul Bouffard, one of the three journalists from Bangumi (the company that produces “Quotidien”) present in Avignon, filed a complaint in Paris against the singer. He denounces in his complaint – of which Agence France-Presse (AFP) has obtained a copy – for “Violence with a weapon” saturday one “Violent punch in the face”, another blow to the head. “He grabbed my headset and then used it as a weapon”, he adds.
“Head trauma, post-traumatic tendonitis in the shoulder”
According to journalist Paul Larrouturou, also present during the altercation, “The doctors diagnosed a head trauma, post-traumatic tendonitis in the left shoulder for Paul Bouffard”. Mr. Larrouturou himself reported having “A sprained right wrist” after trying to intervene.
“Francis Lalanne formally denies having hit any journalist whatsoever. This is a rude staging to which this program is customary ”, replied his lawyer, Emmanuel Ludot.
Asked by AFP, the lawyer for Bangumi and his journalists, Lorraine Gay, sent a report on Monday to the Paris prosecutor, Rémy Heitz, asking “That an investigation be carried out very quickly” on these charges. According to her, “It was through the intervention of Mr. Paul Larrouturou and other people present at the rally that Mr. Francis Lalanne was finally contained, and under the escort of several people, that the team of journalists managed to leave this area “.
62-year-old singer-songwriter and actor Francis Lalanne was recently the subject of an investigation, ultimately dismissed, for “Provocation to the commission of attack on the fundamental interests of the nation”. Several times a candidate for elections under the environmental banner, Francis Lalanne is a support for the “yellow vests” movement. He had driven a Yellow Alliance list in the European elections of May 2019, obtaining 0.54% (121,209 votes).