Tensions between Moix and Dechavanne, exit from Mélenchon … What to remember from the premiere of Léa Salamé’s new show

Yann Moix facing Christophe Dechavanne in “What an era!” on France 2 Screenshot / France 2

VIDEOS – Saturday evening, the journalist and morning worker of France Inter took her first solo steps at the head of the new weekly talk show of France 2 called “What time!”.

I’m happy to see you again and a little freaked out too“. Around 11:30 p.m., Lea Salame took control of “Quelle époque!”, France 2’s new Saturday evening talk show which replaces “We are live”, carried for two years by Laurent Ruquier. The decor has changed slightly, more cozy and bright than before. The host, dressed all in black for the premiere, is at the center of the round table, her guests seated on either side, facing her, in duck-colored velvet armchairs.

The host does not hide her nervousness, just like the one who is named as her “permanent guest”, Christophe Dechavanne. For her premiere, the morning worker from France Inter had invited a friend, Yann Moix, met in “We are not lying” when they were both columnists. With Jean-Paul Rouve, model Cindy Bruna and Nicky Doll, the atmosphere is friendly on set. Christophe Dechavanne immediately notices the presence of the actor’s Jack Russel who reminds him of Adeck, his faithful companion seen in “The Wheel of Fortune” and “A Golden Family”. When the dog climbs onto the brand new table, Dechavanne thinks of his daughter, present in the audience. “It will hurt her, she grew up with Adeck“, he confides.

Who says presence of Yann Moix, says unusual or even controversial sequence. Viewers witness a tense exchange between Dechavanne and Moix when the former questions the latter about his last controversial outing on television where the writer shared his wish to see his family die. “Is it normal to make your son eat feces? Is it normal to leave your son in the forest alone for 4 hours in winter at 3 am? Is it normal to make your son sleep naked on the balcony at 3am in November? Is it normal to hit your son with an electric wire?“, justified Yann Moix, mentioning the violence suffered by his parents when he was a child. Thanks to the shine Philippe Caverivierethe director of Podium smile again. “Are we not expecting Ruquier?“Loose the comedian upon his arrival before joking about the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II. Rare enough to be underlined, Yann Moix laughs to tears.

The Salamé touch lies in the two shots of the evening, starting with the first speech by Laurence Ferrari since taking up his disputed post at the head of the political department of Paris Match . Faced with her colleague, the former presenter of the TF1 newscast denies being a “Bolloré Girl“, and said to have presented herself as a “journalist among journalistswith the editorial staff of the weekly. “I see Vincent Bolloré very little, just as I saw little Martin Bouygues when I was at TF1“, she assures.

“The slap was a year ago, there hasn’t been one since”

Jean-Luc Mélenchon on Adrien Quatennens

Second blow, and this one more awaited, the coming of Jean-Luc Melenchon who, for the first time, was going to speak on the Quatennens case and explain his tweets that were poorly perceived by public opinion. If the boss of La France insoumise says “accept criticism“, he continues to defend the one who was his number two. “The slap was a year ago, there hasn’t been one since. I want him to come back to politics“, he declares, boiling Christophe Dechavanne but also Cindy Bruna and Nicky Doll who challenge him in turn.

The rendering of this first is finally successful. If at the beginning, Christophe Dechavanne tended to cut off Léa Salamé and the guests, these clumsy interventions have faded. When the ex-host of “Coucou c’est nous!” Mélenchon cuisine, it becomes relevant. As for Léa Salamé, she shows an aspect of her personality that only her entourage knows about her: her relaxation.

Some are already comparing the program to “We can’t please everyone”, a program by Marc-Olivier Fogiel on France 3 in the early 2000s and “Everyone talks about it”, Thierry Ardisson’s cult program broadcast between 1998 and 2006. It remains to be seen whether “What an era!” will have the same longevity. In any case, the curiosity effect is undeniable. They were around 1.1 million viewers, or 17.4%, gathered on Saturday evening in front of the small screen between 11:35 p.m. and 2 a.m.

Tensions between Moix and Dechavanne, exit from Mélenchon … What to remember from the premiere of Léa Salamé’s new show