The comedy “The Name of the People” by Michel Leclerc, broadcast this Wednesday evening on Arte, allows you to witness an astonishing cameo: that of the politician Lionel Jospin.
A leading French politician in the credits of a fictional feature film is rare enough to be reported. This is the case in the comedy Le Nom des gens, led by the duo Sara Forestier / Jacques Gamblin and broadcast this Wednesday evening on Arte.
In The Name of the People, which combines romantic and political comedy, it is former Prime Minister Lionel Jospin, a figure of the Socialist Party, who makes an appearance in his own role. A presence on the screen that still lasts nearly three minutes.
“Six months before the shooting, we sent the script to Lionel Jospin, rue de Solferino, at the headquarters of the Socialist Party”, told the director Michel Leclerc to our colleagues from Figaro. “We had no response. It was a friend of friend of friend who finally handed it to him personally. Lionel Jospin replied in a letter to us that he found the script very amusing but he did not want to take any commitment before meeting us. “
“The current went so well that I gave him complete freedom in his words”, continues the filmmaker. In The Name of the People, Lionel Jospin, who improvised his dialogues, declares in particular: “A jospinist today is as rare as a Mandarin duck on the Ile de Ré.” In May 2010, six months before the theatrical release, the former Prime Minister accompanied the team to Cannes, where the film was presented at the opening of Critics’ Week.
Our meeting with Michel Leclerc and Sara Forestier for “Le Nom des gens”: