Girl plunges to death in latest French TV tragedy

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Girl plunges to death in latest French TV tragedy
The famous lighthous at Cap Ferret where the girl fell to her death . Photo: AFP

A young French acrobat fell to her death from a lighthouse this week during filming for TV show "France’s Favourite Monument". It’s just the latest tragedy to strike during filming for a French TV show.


A 12-year-girl named Lilou died in tragic circumstances on Thursday when she fell from the famous lighthouse at Cap Ferret.

The girl was an acrobat and was taking part in filming for the TV show produced by France Televisions, “France’s favourite Monument” set to be aired in September.

The acrobats from the troupe, named Adrenaline, were in choreographed routine and were tied with ropes to the lighthouse, but when their routine started she fell several metres to the ground below.

The girl fell in front of her shocked father, who is the director of Adrenaline. She died shortly before ambulance crews arrived.

Initial reports suggested there could have been a problem with the length of the safety rope.

Filming for the show has been suspended while an investigation takes place.

French TV shows are no stranger to tragedy and the girl’s death is just the latest in recent series of deaths during filming.

In March, ten people died including three French sports stars in a double helicopter crash during filming for reality-adventure TV show “Dropped”.

The show was due to be aired this summer, but has been axed after the tragedy.

In spring 2013 France’s immensely popular version of Survivor, "Koh Lanta", produced by ALP and aired by TF1, was hit by scandal after the deaths of a participant and a doctor.

The deaths lead to calls for restrictions to be placed on adventure reality programmes.

Thierry Costa, the physician on "Koh Lanta" -- the French version of "Survivor" -- killed himself in Cambodia just over a week after a contestant died on set, citing "unfair accusations" against him in the media.

The contestant -- 25-year-old Gerald Babin -- died of a heart attack on the first day of filming the adventure show on the tropical island of Koh Rong on March 22, prompting French broadcaster TF1 to axe the show's 2013 season, its 16th.

His death -- the first during any French reality TV programme – sparked questions about the way the show was run.





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