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Hollande falls for radio prankster

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10:44 CET+01:00

Socialist presidential candidate François Hollande was invited to take part in a TV show with a French star presenter. Hollande at first accepts the offer. Then he hears the details.

Comic Olivier Bourg pretended to be the assistant of star presenter Patrick Sébastien during a phone conversation with Hollande that was broadcast on French radio station Fun Radio. He invites the Socialist candidate to take part in a upcoming TV show "The world’s largest cabaret".

Bourg flatters Hollande who is the frontrunner in the run-up to elections in April and tells him the presenter shares his political views. He then tells Hollande he would expected to dress up as a Dino, a French humorist with slicked-back hair and a clownish behaviour.

"We’ll have to discuss that because it won’t be easy," replies Hollande, Le Parisien reports.

He then asks Hollande if he would agree to sing, ride a bike and act with his former partner and fellow senior socialist Ségolène Royal. Hollande refuses. Bourg explains that Royal, who was presidential candidate in 2007, has accepted to take part in the show.

Hollande still refuses, saying that his ex-partner is not the issue, it’s "the whole thing".

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