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“8:30 p.m. on Saturday”. “This is the story of a guy”



The magazine 8:30 p.m. on Saturday“(Twitter), presented live by Laurent Delahousse just after the 20 hours news on France 2, tells about an unprecedented moment in the life of a personality, behind the scenes of an event or a place belonging to the collective history. Reports that reveal “the little story in the big one”, to leaf through like a family album. This new issue of season 3 of “8:30 p.m. on Saturday” looks back on the brilliance of the candidate Coluche …

The day> Coluche is a candidate for the Elysée
This is the story of a guy and his band of friends who decide to play a joke … In October 1980, Coluche announces that he is running for the 1981 presidential elections in which Valéry Giscard d ‘will face each other. Estaing and François Mitterrand. He calls pell-mell “the lazy, the filthy, the drug addicts, the alcoholics…” and many others, all those who no longer feel represented by the traditional political parties, to vote for him, with a slogan: “France is cut in two, with me it will be folded in four!” It starts off as a nice joke, with bursts of laughter… then Coluche is credited with 16% of voting intentions in the polls. And the case takes another turn. “8:30 p.m. on Saturday” tells the story of a political farce.

And also, “idiots”, crazy …

News> The “con” in the cinema
Director Francis Veber has made human stupidity his raw material: The Goat, The Dealer, The Fugitives… so many films that provoked hilarity, but the one that made him enter the history of cinema is The dinner of idiots, released in 1998. He won three Césars, which is unprecedented for a comedy, and sealed the importance of the character of the “con”, François Pignon, played in this film by Jacques Villeret, but before him by Jacques Brel, Pierre Richard or Daniel Auteuil …

Bonus> The wacky candidates
Coluche was not the only explosive candidate in the history of the French presidential election. Anthology of the most zany profiles of the Fifth Republic …

> Replays of France Télévisions news magazines are available on the Franceinfo website and its mobile application (iOS & Android), “Magazines” section.

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