The breach has been completed. Host Laurent Ruquier has been ordered by the Paris Commercial Court to pay nearly a million euros in damages to his historic producer Catherine Barma, according to information from Teleramaconfirmed to Agence France-Presse (AFP) on Tuesday, June 21, by concordant sources.
The presenter and Catherine Barma, who for fourteen years produced “We are not lie” (ONPC), the former talk show of Laurent Ruquier, created in 2006 and broadcast until 2020 on France 2, and several other shows with the presenter (“We tried everything”, “We only ask for a laugh”, etc.) formed a powerful tandem on the small screen for twenty years, before breaking up with a bang. The presenter had decided to stop ONPC and appealed to another producer, Philippe Thuillier (who already produced the TV version of “Big heads”), to create a program launched on France 2 in September, “We are live”.
Justice seized in the spring of 2021
Laurent Ruquier finally has to pay 780,340 euros to Mme Barma to compensate for the loss of margin of his production company “due to insufficient notice” and 219,375 euros “To compensate for economic layoffs caused by the brutality of the rift”, according to Monday’s ruling, which AFP was able to consult. The host plans to appeal this decision, confirmed to AFP Me Céline Astolfe, Laurent Ruquier’s lawyer.
After being insulted by the media who intervened after their professional breakup, the presenter and his ex-producer took legal action in the spring of 2021. Laurent Ruquier was the first to sue the Paris Commercial Court, demanding Catherine Barma more than €300,000, an amount he believed owed to him as a former ONPC co-producer.
For her part, Catherine Barma, who had unsuccessfully demanded that Laurent Ruquier share the costs caused by the talk show’s shutdown (an event that forced her production company to lay off about thirty people), replied in the same court for “sudden pause” of their business relationship.