Francis Lalanne condemns Fort Boyard

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Francis Lalanne obtained from the company Adventure Line Productions (ALP), which produces the Fort Boyard programs, the payment of 10,000 euros in compensation after his dismissal in 2020.

The Fort Boyard production company will have to pay nearly 10,000 euros in compensation to Francis Lalanne and give him back his character hat from the show, after his dismissal in 2020, the Rochefort (Charente) industrial tribunal decided on Thursday. -Maritime).

The singer was suing the company Adventure Line Productions (ALP), which produces the shows Fort Boyard and Koh-Lanta, before the prud’hommes, in order to have the contracts he signed from 2016 to 2019 reclassified as permanent contracts, broken abusively according to him. by the producers. According to the deliberations made public on Thursday afternoon, the Rochefort court “requalifies the fixed-term standard employment contract as an open-ended employment contract” and condemns ALP to pay the sums of 3,247 euros in notice compensation, 1,200 euros in severance pay and 5,000 euros in damages.

Hat and wooden pipe

The Fort Boyard production company will also have to return the singer’s hat, which was part of the panoply of the character of “Narcisse Lalanne”, but will be able to keep the long wooden pipe that Francis Lalanne also claimed. “Jurisprudence moralizes the work of artists on these filming locations, such as Fort Boyard or Koh Lanta, where they are treated a bit like slaves by making them sign contracts without respecting the labor code too much”, reacted to the ‘AFP Me Emmanuel Ludot, who defended Francis Lalanne, absent during the deliberations.

This lawyer had also obtained the requalification of the contracts of Mister Boo, the “muscle man” character of Fort Boyard, and obtained 17,000 euros in compensation for unfair dismissal. The case is currently on appeal before the court of Poitiers. For Me Ludot, who is based on a testimony at the hearing of Mister Boo reporting a discussion of Alexia Laroche-Joubert, the president of ALP, the eviction of Francis Lalanne from the show would also be explained by “his belonging to the movement of yellow vests”. ALP’s defence, which disputes these facts, had for its part argued that the singer did not appear in all the shows and only recorded 17 appearances out of 42 shows before deleting his character.