Government PRO angers French PM over reality show

PARIS: French Government spokesman Jean-François Copé has become embroiled in a row after agreeing to take part in a reality TV series, against the wishes of Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin.

Copé initially agreed to take part in 36 Heures, from TV network TF1, in which politicians or government PROs would spend 36 hours immersing themselves in the life of an everyday family.

After a pilot was filmed featuring prisons minister Pierre Bedier, Raffarin reprimanded ministers, saying it was ‘not [their] role to do such things’, and ‘strongly advised’ them not to take part; Copé has followed the PM’s advice.

One of the show’s creators, Ruth El-Krief, said they wanted to ‘apply the rules of Loft Story [the French version of Big Brother] to a political figure’.

TF1 said it plans to revamp the show.

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