It\’s a tough life being a reality TV contestant in France. Those scantily clad figures slaving away on sun-toasted beaches and expending sweat and tears around luxury swimming pools might look as if they are having fun – mais non.
In fact, it is extremely hard labour for which they deserve to be paid handsomely, France\’s highest appeal court has decided. And the going rate for this relentless toil at the coal face of light entertainment?: €1,400 (£1,230) a day, slightly more than the French monthly minimum wage.
The court has declared the contestants must be treated as salaried staff, paid a fixed wage plus social charges and overtime and be allowed a 35-hour working week.
Bonkers, entirely bonkers.
You, as an adult, are simply too dim to be able to make up your own mind. A shot at fame and fortune in return for a few weeks at the beach?
No, you may not make that choice for yourself.
And we\’re in a political union with this country. Can we leave yet?