Nicolas Hulot retires from public life: 5 things you did not know about him

He will no longer be honorary president of his foundation, and he is retiring from public life for good. This is what Nicolas Hulot said, this November 24 against Bruce Toussaint, on BFMTV. On the eve of the broadcast of a Correspondent on France 2, in which 5 women accuse him of rape and sexual assault, and to which he did not want to answer, the host who became a politician preferred to leave before “the lynching”.

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Here are 5 unusual things you might not have known about him.

Odd jobs:
Before fame, Nicolas Hulot was a windsurfing instructor. beach attendant, sailing instructor, waiter, then photo-reporter.

Carrier start :
Hired by Gökşin Sipahioğlu, founder of the Sipa press agency, at the time of the death of the bandit Jacques Mesrine on November 2, 1979, Nicolas Hulot would have refused to photograph his remains, although he was among the first on the spot, after shooting.

Political commitment :
Before accepting a post of Minister of State, Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, in the government of Edouard Philippe (under Emmanuel Macron), Nicolas Hulot had refused the offers of Jacques Chirac and Nicolas Sarkozy. However, he is the one who had the idea of ​​including an environmental charter in the Constitution, since March 2005. Two years later, he will not stand for election, having succeeded in having all of the candidates for its Ecological Pact.

Family drama:
Nicolas Hulot has had no father since he was 15 years old. In 1970, his father Philippe Hulot died of cancer. Five years later, his brother Gonzague will commit suicide on Christmas Eve and it is Nicolas Hulot who will discover the body.

Nicolas Hulot has long hosted the discovery magazine, “Ushuaïa” on TF1, which introduced him to the general public. The show gave birth to an eponymous brand from which he earns income. Nicolas Hulot is also the grandson of the man who inspired filmmaker Jacques Tati for his 1953 film, “Les Vacances de Monsieur Hulot”.

>> See also: What’s up? Nicolas Hulot: His tears during the handover!

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