Criticized even before appearing on the screen in Koh Lanta 2022 aka Koh Lanta, Le Totem maudit, François nevertheless finished as the big winner, tied with Bastien. A victory that leaves a taste of shame and rage for two firefighters who worked with the Montpellier resident, indicted for manslaughter after a fire that killed a firefighter and left several injured. For them, “he is not a hero”.
Rather flat, even boring, this Koh Lanta 2022was more talked about through a few light anecdotes (hello the hood during comfort) than for the adventure itself. Apart from the anti-hero Jean-Charles that viewers dreamed of seeing win hard, the other candidates did not really mark the fans of the program. Except maybe François. Not for his strategies, his strength or his way of hiding a necklace between his buttocks but, unfortunately, for a tragedy that occurred long before his adventure.
A few days before the start of this Koh Lanta 2022, we learned that the firefighter had been indicted for manslaughter during a fire. This caused the death of a colleague, Jérémy Beier, and serious injuries to several other men. A tragic fact that the prod of the show discovered at the same time as the public.
François' lawyer defended his client in TPMP and in particular affirmed: “to be indicted is to be presumed innocent. There is a media court that tries to replace justice and the problem with this court is that it has no rule, especially that of the presumption of innocence. He doesn't know her“. Not enough to calm François' former colleagues, like Lucas Canuel, injured during this fire and furious to discover his ex-chief on the island.
“Watching him look good was a pain“
Again questioned by the press after the victory of François, the man is still disgusted. In the latest issue of Public magazine released on June 24, he says: “Koh Lanta was the last straw that broke the camel's back. Seeing him show off was a pain. It's humiliating for we“. He also criticizes the one who won €50,000 for not having expressed himself on what he was going to do with his winnings: “we said to ourselves that if he won, he would give his check at the work of the wards of the fire brigade“. Still in the magazine, he also returns to François' accusations of cheating during orientation with the beacon: “he always slips through the cracks“.
Same disgust on the side of David Fontaine, also formerly under the orders of François with the firefighters of Hérault. He was completely unable to watch this Koh Lanta 2022: “going to have fun while we drag out our after-effects and our mourning, it's too hard for the victims” he explains to Public. “His participation gives me nausea. For me, he is not a hero!“.
The firefighter also remembers having met François shortly after the latter's return from adventure. Finding him very thin, he was far from imagining that it was because of Koh Lanta: “I thought he was affected by the accident and the trial in come“.
Pending the trial in question, hoped for by the two men for the end of the year, François remains presumed innocent of the charges against him.