“My dears, Hanouna is working! » The host of the C8, summoned to the Assembly, called to order by a deputy

This is a call to order, in due form. Summoned to the National Assembly by the commission of inquiry into the allocation of television frequencies, Cyril Hanouna, star presenter of C8, suggested in his program Don’t touch my post which was not available on the date set by the deputies. “That’s it, I received the summons. Unfortunately, I can tell you right away that March 14 is Thursday at 2 p.m…. My dears, Hanouna is working! (…) Can’t. We will send them an email to tell them that we will not be able to be there,” the presenter declared on Friday night before his group of columnists.

Statements that provoked reaction. Quentin Bataillon, Renaissance deputy and president of the television frequency assignment commission, in particular in charge of interviewing the presenter. “Mr. Cyril Hanouna, thank you for this ‘acknowledgment of receipt’,” the deputy responded ironically this Saturday on the X platform (formerly Twitter).

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“Please accept this call with the respect and seriousness that corresponds to the national representation. For my part, I will ensure that this hearing is carried out with the same demands towards you,” added Quentin Bataillon, attaching to his message an excerpt from the regulations of the National Assembly on the risks of not appearing at a summons from a parliamentary committee on investigation.

Up to two years in prison and a fine of 7,500 euros

If the facilitator, nicknamed “the person most called to order by the PAF”, refused to attend this summons, he would be exposed to harsh sanctions. The regulations of the National Assembly specify in particular that “whoever fails to appear or refuses to testify or take an oath before a commission of inquiry will be punished with two years in prison and a fine of 7,500 euros.”

The controversial C8 presenter is not the only one scheduled for an audition. Conservative billionaire Vincent Bolloré, who controls the Canal+ group and its channels, including CNews and C8, will also be interviewed in mid-March. On February 29, the head of the Canal+ group, Maxime Saada, and then the management of CNews, as well as its star presenters Pascal Praud and Laurence Ferrari, were summoned before parliamentarians.

At the end of February, the media regulator, Arcom, will launch calls for applications for the renewal of authorizations for 15 digital terrestrial television (DTT) frequencies in 2025, including those of the Canal+ group. The commission of inquiry, launched in the Assembly in December, refers in particular to this allocation procedure and the “fulfillment of the commitments assumed by these television services” until then.

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