François-Marie Banier wants to “submit two lawsuits” to Netflix

Guest on France Inter, the photographer, sentenced in 2016 to four years in prison and a fine of 375,000 euros for abuse of weakness, expressed his anger after the series was broadcast on Netflix.



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François-Marie Banier on France Inter, February 20, 2024. (FRANCE INTER / RADIOFRANCE)

The Bettencourt case: scandal between the richest woman in the world : the title of the Netflix documentary series, released at the end of 2023, made thousands – undoubtedly millions – of users want to take a look at it. And among them: François-Marie Banier. The photographer, sentenced to four years in prison and a fine of 375,000 euros in 2016 for abuse of weakness – however avoiding the payment of 158 million in damages – trusted Inter FranceTuesday, February 20, 2024, before Léa Salamé’s microphone. “Yes, I saw it, and I’m very happy to have seen it. I’m going to sue them twice and also once for forgery.”announced a person close to billionaire Liliane Bettencourt, the former heiress and owner of the L’Oréal group who died in 2017.

He asked about certain passages of the seriesand in particular one in which Arielle Dombasle states that François-Marie Banier “He is capable of seducing whoever he wants with a devilish side“, the photographer immediately responds: “What’s very funny is that I haven’t seen Arielle Dombasle for forty years. It’s quite funny. What she says is very nice but it’s totally false. Like the people who saw me with Madame Castaing (a rich decorator with whom she had a relationship, editor’s note) while Madame Castaing never received them. So the fact that I took advantage of Madame Castaing was judged by the courts to be false and that I also wanted to be adopted as false.”on board.

Although he has been friends for twenty years with the richest woman in France, he is required not to speak publicly about the Bettancourt affair. But François-Marie Bannier, today a novelist, nevertheless slipped that n/A”probably not“derailed by Liliane Bettencourt’s money. Right after having stated that”No“, will not write a book about the case for which he was convicted, concluding: “The people we take for idiots have understood everything.“.

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