Miscellaneous – Justice | Ruquier sentenced to pay nearly a million euros to his ex-producer Catherine Barma

By La Provence (with AFP)

Host Laurent Ruquier was ordered by the Paris Commercial Court to pay nearly one million euros in damages to his historic producer Catherine Barma, a decision he will appeal, according to information from Télérama, confirmed Tuesday to AFP by concordant sources.

The break is consummated between the host and Catherine Barma who produced for 14 years “We are not lying” (ONPC), the former talk show of Laurent Ruquier, created in 2006 and broadcast until 2020 on France 2, and several other shows with the host (“We tried everything”, “We only ask to laugh”, etc.).

The two professional partners, who formed a powerful tandem on the small screen for 20 years, had broken up with a bang: the presenter had decided to stop ONPC and called on another producer, Philippe Thuillier (who was already producing the TV version des “Big heads”) to create a program launched in September on France 2, “We are live”.

Laurent Ruquier was finally ordered to pay 780,340 euros to Ms. Barma to compensate for the loss of margin suffered by his production company “due to insufficient notice of termination” and 219,375 euros “in compensation for economic redundancies caused by the brutality of the break”according to the judgment pronounced on Monday, which AFP was able to consult.

The host intends to appeal this decision, confirmed to AFP Me Céline Astolfe, Laurent Ruquier’s lawyer.

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