While the broadcast of season 1 of “Une Affaire Française” began yesterday evening on TF1, the lawyer for the Villemin couple returned to the Villemin couple’s participation in the writing of the series.
This Monday evening at 9:05 p.m., TF1 launched the broadcast of Une Affaire Française, its new anthological series which will focus each season on a new news item that has fascinated the French. For its first season, the channel decided to bet on the Grégory affair, with a rather mixed result in terms of audiences since only 4 million viewers (17.6% of PDAs) gathered in front of their audience. television screens.
Many Internet users are also indignant on social networks that the channel chooses to return to this sordid affair which has been traced many times in the press and on television. A question then arises: had TF1 made contact with Jean-Marie and Christine Villemin before embarking on writing the series?
Proposing a fiction on an ongoing affair does not require asking for authorization. Information confirmed by Aimée Buidine, producer, producer of the series “There is a freedom of creation, insofar as we do not place ourselves as a judge and that we do not defame anyone. show a balance of points of view and contribute to a debate of general interest, to provide the elements for a reflection on our society. ”
The front page therefore had no legal obligation to join the protagonists of this sordid news item. She therefore chose not to contact them, nor to send them the episodes in advance, so as not to be influenced during the creation process.
Only the Villemin couple would have been approached by way of lawyer. Information that Marie-Christine Chastant-Morand, lawyer for Christine and Jean-Marie Villemin refutes, who affirms that “there was no action on the part of TF1, the production, nor anyone, whatsoever directly with Christine and Jean-Marie Villemin, or with our team of lawyers. We did not participate, we did not see the series, we are faced with a fait accompli. Now we haven’t seen the fiction, so we’re waiting to see ”.
It would appear that the production contacted a lawyer who, due to a conflict of interest, was unable to transfer the information to the Villemin. The couple therefore discovered on the internet that a fiction about their story was in preparation.
It is besides the fictional side which worries the Villemin according to their lawyer. facts and the perception of the characters. It is their name that appears. Christine and Jean-Marie Villemin have children and grandchildren, this has an impact on their whole family… ”.
It remains to be seen how the other protagonists of the affair will react to Une Affaire Française.