David Ginola has been ditched by the French version of Britain’s Got Talent because of his extravagant demands – including staying at the luxury Hotel Le Bristol.
The former Tottenham Hotspurs midfielder, 53, was dropped as the presenter of La France a un Incroyable Talent amid the country’s economic downturn.
He had become ‘unaffordable’, an unnamed executive of M6 channel, which broadcasts the talent competition, told Le Parisien.
They said: ‘The financial aspect weighed heavily. Given the economic context he had become unaffordable.’
Last month the Bank of France said the country’s economy would shrink by about 10 percent this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.
The former French international was among the channel’s highest paid presenters and traveled with a team of five assistants.
Ginola, who has worked on the show since 2016, demanded to stay at Hotel Le Bristol, Paris’s most luxurious, which boasts rooms costing up to €24,000-a-night.
Meanwhile the economy is showing signs of a ‘progressive’ recovery from the third quarter this year after a slump in output of 15 percent in the three months to June.
The country was locked down to stem the spread of coronavirus on March 16.
There have been at least 166,000 cases of Covid-19 and 29,875 deaths due to the disease were recorded in France during the global pandemic so far.
If the country is faced with a second wave, which could see the number of cases and deaths rises dramatically again, the economy could plunge into a 16 percent downturn this year, the nation’s bank previously said.
Ginola is not the only former footballer with such standards for luxury. In 2013 David Beckham stayed in the £15,000-a-night luxurious Imperial Suite at Le Bristol hotel, located on the Faubourg Saint Honoré in the centre of town.
The stunning 3,475 sq ft suite is the largest at the hotel and can house up to twelve.
Ginola was one of the more highly-regarded players in Europe in the early-1990s after captaining PSG to the title and being given player of the year honors in France.