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France goes to full jealous mode after TV exposed lavish restaurant life

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While the normal Frenchman has to give up his joie de vivre, French ministers feast on lavish delicacies in a royal setting. That was revealed by undercover footage taken by journalists.

“You may proceed. There is no corona here”, a butler in a neat costume tells one of the guests in the Baroque-looking decor full of gold leaf, with champagne on the tables and caviar on the plates. A meal costs hundreds of euros. Guests don’t need a mask. “We want people to feel comfortable. This is a private occasion, we hope you feel at home”, says the butler.

The less fortunate can spend in the restaurant from €160 per meal and those who really set the scene will pay €490-and get the deal with caviar.

It is strange, because at the moment all the cafes and restaurants in Paris are closed. COVID-19 still rules. Only in Paris would 1,500 people be in intensive care. The organiser of the event tells the French journalists that it is certainly not an occasional outburst.

“It’s very common”, he calls the event. “This week I had dinner in two or three restaurants with some ministers.” No problem, he thinks. “We are still a democracy, you can do whatever you want.”

Lawyers, showbiz celebrities and famous businessmen would also join. Ministers’ names are not mentioned.

The promoter is in the TV show beyond all recognition, but the French media to designate all of Pierre-Jean Chalençon, owner of the stately Palace of Design, located in the heart of Paris, between the Louvre and the Eiffel tower, where the images may have been taken.

“Totally wrong and defamatory”, responded to the allegations Chalençon, on social media, but his boss told in fact a photograph of a dining room, complete with wine glasses and smiling Chalençon two fingers up in the air again.

The photos of this chef, in his work suit and again posing with Chalençon, go around. Denying is impossible. The French now want all the names and numbers of the attendees and share the slogan #OnVeutLesNomes, or #we want names.

Meanwhile, French Prime Minister Jean Castex announced in Parliament that anyone who “is likely to endanger someone else’s life” with dinner, for example, risks a year in prison and a fine of 15,000 euros.

“Prosecutors are asked to systematically try perpetrators who organise secret activities that are likely to endanger the lives of others,” said Castex. He was going to release more police force for that.

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