5 things to know about Léa Salamé before her return with Laurent Ruquier

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Léa Salamé returns on Saturday evening on France 2 alongside Laurent Ruquier. They will co-host “On est en direct”. A reunion five years after the show “We are not lying”.

Here is Léa Salamé again on Saturday evening. The journalist, who was present every Saturday evening in “We are not lying” between 2014 and 2016 in duet with Aymeric Caron then Yann Moix, finds Laurent Ruquier from this Saturday evening on France 2. She will present “On est en direct” by her side. This idea took shape during a lunch last spring. Léa Salamé will live a busy year since she provides the 7:50 am interview every morning on France Inter and will present the new political show of France 2 “Elysée 2022” on Thursday evening alongside Thomas Sotto.

  • Lea is not her real name

Léa Salamé’s identity card does not display this name. Her real first name is Hala. It means “aura” or “halo” in Arabic. Léa Salamé was born in Lebanon in Beirut in October 1979. Her parents and younger sister Louma fled the country, then at war, when she was 5 years old to settle in France. Léa Salamé returns to Lebanon once a year to see her family.

  • His father was a minister

Léa Salamé’s father was Minister of Lebanon. Ghassan Salamé served as Minister of Culture between 2000 and 2003. He was also political advisor to the UN mission in Baghdad in 2003 and special advisor to former UN secretary Kofi Annan. Léa Salamé’s mother, Mary, is the sister of diamond dealers Jean and Albert Boghossian.

  • Injured in New York on September 11

Léa Salamé did a university year in New York. She was in New York in 2011 during the attacks that hit the city. She was one of the many injured at the World Trade Center. “I am resilient, I trace my path, I refuse to lock myself in the trauma caused by the events I witnessed”, she confided in the student newspaper of Science-Po Paris in 2015. A drama who undoubtedly referred her to the profession of journalist because she wanted to be a deputy or minister as she confided to the magazine Grazia.

  • Mom of a 4 year old boy

Léa Salamé has a child, Gabriel, born March 12, 2017. The child’s father is MEP and essayist Raphaël Glucksmann. Laurent Ruquier had personally sold the wick during an interview with journalist Jean-Jacques Bourdin. The couple also met on the set of “We are not lying”.

  • Arrested without license or insurance

In February 2016, Léa Salamé was arrested while driving her car by the police in the 7th arrondissement. Gos concern: she has neither license nor insurance. His license was invalidated for lack of points and the vehicle was not insured. She had to pay a fine via a penal order.