Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

EYE ON AFRICA

Kenya’s opposition files a petition against presidential vote

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

'Siempre vida Barcelona'

Read more

THE DEBATE

Spain attacks - Can Europe prepare for vehicle-ramming terror attacks?

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Measures in place to prevent Grace Mugabe leaving South Africa

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Terror in Barcelona

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

Terror attack, Trump turmoil rattle stock markets

Read more

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

Malbouffe: understanding junk food à la française

Read more

IN THE PAPERS

Lebanon repeals 'rape law', but activists say more is needed to protect women

Read more

BUSINESS DAILY

US business leaders abandon Trump after Charlottesville

Read more

France

Helmet Hollande wore for Gayet tryst flies off shelves

© Picture of the front cover of Closer magazine

Text by Tony TODD

Latest update : 2014-01-23

A French motorcycle helmet manufacturer has publicly thanked President François Hollande for being photographed wearing their helmet on his way to an alleged secret tryst with actress Julie Gayet.

Hollande, 59, was pictured by paparazzi working for Closer magazine arriving at a Paris address to allegedly meet the famous French actress, while riding pillion on a scooter and wearing a “Dexter” helmet made by French company Motoblouz.

Motoblouz CEO Thomas Thumerelle, who employs 45 people at his plant at Carvin in the northern Pas-de-Calais region, was so delighted he took out a quarter page ad in national daily Liberation (see below) on Wednesday, titled “Thank you Mr President – for having used our helmet for your personal protection”.

“We salute your choice of a French-made helmet for your scooter outings,” the ad continues. “And you will find other models on our website for your future escapades.

“You will also see that we have a collection of women’s jackets, which would make an ideal Valentine’s Day gift.”

Thumerelle said presidential exposure of their product meant they had completely sold out – they normally sell 20,000 “Dexter” helmets a year but had sent out 1,000 within 24 hours of the Closer revelations.

Themerelle told FRANCE 24: “We were both extremely surprised and deeply proud to see the president wearing one of our helmets.

“We though the most appropriate response would be to write him an open letter, both sincere and a bit tongue-in-cheek, to thank him for the excellent publicity.”


The quarter page ad in Liberation

Date created : 2014-01-23

  • FRANCE

    First Lady status ‘ridiculous’, says Chirac's wife

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    French First Lady Trierweiler 'doing better', Hollande says

    Read more

  • FRANCE

    French First Lady Valérie Trierweiler leaves hospital

    Read more

COMMENT(S)