Patrick Poivre d’Arvor case: the former TF1 news presenter loses his last TV show

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Following the latest revelations in the context of the “PPDA affair”, for which the journalist is accused by many women of having committed rape and sexual assault, France Télévisions has decided to withdraw him from the air, for this which was the last program the former JT presenter worked on.

TV and Patrick Poivre d’Arvor, it’s over: the former presenter of the JT of TF1, accused of sexual assault and rape, will no longer provide the voiceover of the program “A house, an artist” , which returns this summer on France 5, France Télévisions reported this Friday, May 13. It is another personality who will comment on this summer series of cultural documentaries, created by PPDA in 2011, first under the title “A house, a writer”.

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Patrick Poivre d’Arvor did not appear in the image and we only heard his voice, but it was the last television show he was on, 14 years after his departure from TF1 20 hours in 2008 Each episode of “A house, an artist” retraces the journey of a personality, most often cultural (like Jean Gabin or Dora Maar in the last season), in connection with one of his emblematic residences.

“That’s a problem, isn’t it?”

This withdrawal follows the latest twists and turns in the context of the PPDA affair, with on April 28, on France 2, the broadcast of the program “Complément d’Enquête” comprising several testimonies overwhelming the former star presenter, who denies the facts with which he is charged.

In the process, the MeTooMédias association, created by several of its accusers, had challenged France Télévisions on Twitter: “It is important and touching for us to see that our stories have been heard on France Télé. To our knowledge, the man we accuse is also still at the head of a show still airing on this same group. That’s a problem, isn’t it?

It is important and touching for us to see that our stories have been heard on @Francetele . To our knowledge, the man we accuse is also still at the head of a program still broadcast on this same group @Francetele . That’s a problem, right?

— #MeTooMedias (@metoomedias) April 29, 2022

In addition, the investigation site Mediapart brought together in an unprecedented way 20 women who testified in court against PPDA, during a program broadcast on Tuesday evening.

Seventeen women have filed a complaint against the former presenter, including eight for rape. Sixteen of them, whose complaints were closed in June for prescription, are currently the subject of a PPDA complaint for “slanderous denunciation”.

A judicial investigation is underway in Nanterre following the complaint with civil action by journalist Florence Porcel who broke the case in February 2021. At the same time, the prosecution is conducting another investigation into three other complaints.

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In total, at least 27 women testified against PPDA in the press or in court, including two minors at the time of the alleged events. For his part, Patrick Poivre d’Arvor “contests any violence, sexual or not, against the women who accused him”.