Low cost airline Ryanair has used Gérard Depardieu's recent incident on an Air France flight to advertise its budget prices in a cheeky advertisement.

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Ryanair pokes fun at peeing actor Depardieu

Low cost airline Ryanair has used Gérard Depardieu's recent incident on an Air France flight to advertise its budget prices in a cheeky advertisement.

Ryanair pokes fun at peeing actor Depardieu
Thore Siebrands

Depardieu was removed from an Air France flight to Dublin on Tuesday after he urinated on the floor of the aircraft just before take-off.

In an ad that ran at the weekend, Ryanair made reference to the incident to highlight its low prices.

“We’re not the only ones who piss on the competition,” says the ad, promoting the airline’s range of low cost fares.

Depardieu, one of France’s best-loved actors, told friends he was embarrassed by the incident, claiming he was caught short before take-off and had tried to urinate into a bottle. 

Friends said the 62-year-old star rejected a passenger’s claim that he was drunk at the time.

Read more: Depardieu ‘was trying to pee into bottle’ on delayed flight

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Ryanair demands that Air France give up French airport slots in exchange for state aid

Budget airline Ryanair urged on Wednesday that Air France be forced to give up lucrative French airport slots if it receives more state aid.

Ryanair demands that Air France give up French airport slots in exchange for state aid
Could Air France be forced to give up airport slots if it accepts more aid from the French state? Photo: AFP

Paris is in talks with European Union officials on the delicate issue of state aid to the French flagship carrier, which has already received substantial help from the government.

“Should yet another enormous and illegal state aid bailout occur, then effective remedies must be applied to ensure fair competition in the French market and to protect the interests of the French consumer / visitor,” a Ryanair statement said.

The low-cost airline is based in Ireland and regularly underscores the amount of money being allocated to keep struggling rivals in the air.

In exchange for more aid, Air France must be prepared to give up “a substantial number of its take-off and landing slots at key French airports including Paris Charles De Gaulle, Paris Orly and Lyon,” Ryanair argued.

French officials and the European Commission are currently discussing the terms of a further recapitalisation of the Air France-KLM group, which has suffered from the Covid-19 crisis.

EU officials have already indicated that in exchange for their approval, Air France should give up coveted slots at Paris' Orly airport, which is essentially saturated now.

Air France on the other hand has indicated that such a move posed a serious threat because it was counting on Orly operations to help it rebound from the crisis.

French officials want to avoid putting Air France, which was struggling even before the pandemic, at a competitive disadvantage.

Ryanair urged EU competition chief Margrethe Vestager to “stand firm in her discussions with the French government.

“Either Air France gets no state aid or proper remedies should be put in place to ensure a fair and level playing field for all airlines,” it insisted.

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