Guest of Isabelle Morizet in "There is not only one life in life", François Morel, who plays Michel Vidal, leader of a radical left party, assures that he did not try to imitate Jean-Luc Mélenchon .

The striking resemblance between the character and the politician is to be found on the side of the creator of the series.


He played a Jean-Luc Mélenchon (almost) larger than life.

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, François Morel played Michel Vidal, leader of the radical left party Debout the People, and a character very strongly inspired by Jean-Luc Mélenchon.

And for good reason, the creator of the series, Eric Benzekri, is a former member of the cabinet of the leader of rebellious France, when the latter was still in the Socialist Party.

However, the actor assures the microphone of "There is not only one life in life" on Europe 1 that at no time was he instructed to play the latter.


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"Michel Vidal was in the same position as Mélenchon"

"I did not at all try to imitate Jean-Luc Mélenchon or anything", abounds François Morel.

"Simply, Michel Vidal was in the same position as him", leader of a party which is to the left of the PS.

"But it's true that I think Eric Benzekri wrote this character carefully because he knows Jean-Luc Mélenchon well."

Despite the obvious link between Michel Vidal and the leader of rebellious France, the latter has never indicated that he had seen the series to François Morel.

"I didn't ask him if he had seen her, but I don't think so. It might be hard for him to see that."


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Still, the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters "adored" camp Michel Vidal throughout the three seasons of the series.

"He's a beautifully written character, very strong, very intelligent, very cultured and very tactical."

Perhaps even a "little too technical" in the second season, according to his interpreter who prefers it in the last chapter of the fiction: "He becomes human, we see his wife, his flaws too."