Christine Angot denounces the presentation of the Legion of Honor to Thierry Ardisson

13 April 2024 / Interviews

Thursday April 11, 2024 will be remembered for the presentation of the Legion of Honor to several personalities by Emmanuel Macron. Recipients included famous names such as Sheila, Vladimir Cosma, and Thierry Ardisson. However, this presidential decision did not fail to spark a wave of controversy, mainly expressed by authoritative voices in the artistic sphere.

Christine Angot, a recognized writer, spoke out with particular virulence against this presidential decision. In a column published in the columns of “Libération”, she described this initiative as a “slap”, expressing her incomprehension at the recognition granted to Thierry Ardisson. She also recalled two humiliating episodes experienced during her appearances on the show “Tout le monde en talk”, where she was confronted with unpleasant situations orchestrated by Ardisson and her accomplice Laurent Baffie. For her, this distinction honors a bygone past, marked by humor tinged with humiliation, behavior that she considers inappropriate in today's times.

Christine Angot is not alone in her disapproval. Other personalities such as Sara Forestier also expressed their disagreement, calling this discount “shameful”. A collective bringing together notable figures such as Judith Godrèche, Ludivine Saigner, Emmanuelle Béart and Alexandra Lamy also directly challenged Emmanuel Macron, questioning the relevance of this distinction granted to Thierry Ardisson.

This controversy raises questions about the selection criteria and the values ​​conveyed by the Legion of Honor. It also reflects ongoing tensions between media and political figures, highlighting differences of opinion over what constitutes honorary merit in contemporary society.