It was an impressive accident that disrupted this new season of Beijing Express: Shock Duos. In the episode broadcast this Tuesday, July 27, it is an unprecedented and frightening incident that took place during a test of the adventure show. Indeed, the best friend of the former First Lady Valérie Trierweiler, Karine Fournier, was violently hit in the back by an elephant with its trunk. During a test between Valérie Trierweiler and Karine Fournier, comedian Inès Reg and her sister Anaïs, as well as Rachel Legrain-Trapani and Valentin Leonard, the pairs had to pass in front of “” red flags. A flagship test of the show which almost ended in tragedy.
Indeed, after only a few minutes of ordeal, Karine Fournier was violently hit in the back by an elephant and fell heavily. “I am with my basket, and the elephant hits me in the back with its trunk. I collapsed on the side, I received myself badly and there I was knocked on the ground and I am not well”, specifies the candidate facing the camera in the program about the incident. “I run towards her, she was in shock, shaking all over her body”, also confided during the show her best friend Valérie Trierweiler.
Stéphane Rotemberg then decided to interrupt the program in order to let the doctor intervene and to preserve the safety and physical integrity of the candidates. Indeed, after announcing “reassuring news” about Karine Fournier, the host confirmed the definitive end of the event “for security reasons”. “I didn’t expect to see an elephant so close. I think we hit it off,” Karine ended up joking. The candidate was given a wrist splint and was able to continue the race.
Arriving in last position, in particular because of the red flag which forced them to stop for 15 minutes, the duo had to play the final duel against Xavier Domergue and Yoann Riou, the duo of sports commentators who did not know each other at the start of the adventure. After a frantic race and an ordeal which pushed them to repeat sentences in a language spoken in Sri Lanka, it was finally Valérie Trierweiler and Karine Fournier who won on the day of the 57th birthday of the former companion of François Hollande . The M6 sports commentator ended in tears, inconsolable at having lost the final duel for a second time and thus having to say goodbye to the adventure at the gates of the Beijing Express semi-final.
The troublemaker Yoann Riou assured our colleagues from Télé-Loisirs not to be disappointed at all. “We had come to experience moments rich in emotion and encounters, there was no competition for us. Of course, I would have loved to win but remember, we should have been eliminated in the first stage during the final duel against Inès (Reg, editor’s note) and her sister Anaïs”, relativizes the sports commentator. “Fortunately, we had the blessing of falling on the non-elimination envelope. It was a crazy chance to continue the adventure! We participated in 4 bonuses and I think it’s nice to have held out so far. We have no regrets!”, he concludes without bitterness.