France Info has announced the winners of the second annual Liar Of The Year awards, with Front National head Marine Le Pen topping the list.
The jury awarded Le Pen the Prix du Menteur in politics for her “accumulation of false claims about migrants,” including the size of the wave of immigrants, their motives for immigrating, and so on. She is the second politician to win the prize, after last year’s inaugural winner, Nicolas Sarkozy. The former French president had an “immunity totem”—just like they have on Survivor!—that prevents winners from becoming the Tom Hanks of lying.
Patrick and Isabelle Balkany won the Special Jury Prize for “their entire career,” which makes you wonder why there isn’t a Lifetime Achievement Award. The Un Certain Regard prize went to Claude Bartolone, who accused Valérie Pécresse of “defending the white race,” and Pierre Lellouche, who doubled-down on demonstrably false comments about immigrants.
Best Supporting Actor and Actress went to Christian Estrosi and Lydia Guirous. Bernard Cazeneuve won both Best Costume and the Robocop prize.
Cumulard (“double-dipper”) Of The Year was awarded to Jean-Yves le Drian for being both Defense Minister and the president of Brittany.
President François Hollande took home the Special Prize For Statistical Audacity for lauding the effectiveness of searches conducted under the aegis of France’s state of emergency when 3,000 searches have, in fact, only yield results in four cases.
The jury was chaired by political scientist Thomas Guenole and included six journalists: Samuel Laurent from Le Monde, Alexandre Devecchio from Le Figaro, Cédric Mathiot from Libération, Mélissa Bounoua from Slate, Hugo Domenach Le Point, and Antoine Krempf from France Info.
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