INTRODUCTION: Coluche, the French music hall comedian who threatened to shake the Presidential elections with laughter, relaunched his bid for President with a hunger strike.
GV, SV Music Hall with Coluche in large letters
SV Poster of Coluche in boiler suit
SV INTERIOR Coluche eating last meal and speaking at news conference in theatre (2 shots)
SV Reporters taking photographs
SV Coluche ending conference while eating a banana.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: Coluche, the French music hall comedian who threatened to shake the Presidential elections with laughter, relaunched his bid for President with a hunger strike. The entertainer is embittered because the 600 elected officials who assured him the necessary 500 signatures to run, have not appeared for the April deadline. And although he has a respectable five percent in the opinion polls, he claims the government-controlled broadcasting media has repeatedly censored his performances, and granted him no air time.
SYNOPSIS: Coluche, whose real name is Michel Colucci, announced on Monday (15 March) that he was withdrawing from the Presidential race.
Then the next day, on the stage of the Gymnase Theatre where he performs to packed audiences every night, he told newsmen it was all a publicity stunt.
He said he had to reawaken press interest which, he alleged, had been deliberately stifled by the state-owned television and the predominately right-wing press, who are afraid of his impact on the campaign.
And now he was starting a hunger strike until he was granted dates to make two appearances, one on the radio and one on television.
Eating his last meal of pizza and spaghetti Coluche invited the crowd of reporters to keep close tabs on him. The bawdy comic stands no chance of winning but has outpaced in the opinion polls, the Ecology candidate and one former Gaullist Prime Minister.
His quick-witted comments on French politics have either delighted or disgusted the electorate. But his well-aimed and often vulgar derision of French politics sometimes held a grain of truth.
His last bite of his last meal does not signal, however, the end of his biting satire.