At the Zénith, Pécresse coached by actor Benoît Solès and lawyer Francis Szpiner

The actor Benoît Solès and the lawyer Francis Szpiner helped candidate LR prepare for her big meeting at the Zénith, which was highly commented on and criticized.

Basically, he had to relaunch his campaign. The meeting of Valérie Pécresse, at the Zénith de Paris, Sunday February 13, turned into a fiasco, the form eclipsing the substance. “Le Monde” revealed that the LR candidate was however accompanied to prepare for her performance by a doubly “moliérized” actor, Benoît Solès, and by Francis Szpiner, tenor of the bar and mayor of the 16th arrondissement.

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The criminal lawyer helped him to “embody” his text before the meeting, indicates the evening daily. Benoît Solès – who was on tour last weekend – tried to teach him how to hold a room. In particular, they trained at the Théâtre Michel, a 350-seat hall in the 8th arrondissement of Paris. “I taught him to tame the teleprompters-mirrors during a few sessions at the Michel Theater”, confides to the newspaper the one who knew the candidate in 2014. The latter had come to his dressing room after having attended one of his performances.

Rewarded in 2019 with the Molière du actor and the Molière de l’auteur for his play “La Machine du Turing”, Benoît Solès has also been seen in several television series such as “Les Vacances de l’amour”, “L’École des passions “, “More beautiful life” or “Boulevard du Palais”. In 2015, he was on the list for the elections to the Ile-de-France regional council. He has sat there since November 2019 and is a member of the Culture Committee.

On the NKM list at the 2014 municipal elections

Friend of Bertrand Delanoë, he was in his support committee in 2001 and 2008. In the 2014 municipal elections, he was on the UMP-MODEM-UDI list, with Nathalie Kosciusko-Morizet, in the 3rd arrondissement of the capital and was elected ‘arrondissement.

Going from comedy to politics, he explained it to the “Dispatch” in 2016, when he had just been appointed national secretary of the Les Républicains party, in charge of culture, a function proposed by Nicolas Sarkozy . “For my case, this translates into two explanations: the first is the personal aspect. As an actor, I inevitably tended to devote myself to my image, my career. So I had the need to commit myself to others. The other reason is that I was always offered these functions, I never asked for anything. I exercise my role as municipal councilor and that of national secretary at Les Républicains on a voluntary basis, which is quite rare. Whether with Bertrand Delanöé, Valérie Pécresse and NKM, I never took the step. So, somewhere, they wanted me to help them”.

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