Like “The West Wing” meets “The Sopranos” but set in France, this fast-paced thriller reveals the dirtier side of French politics and a world in which the players are shady, the sabotage is ruthless, and revenge is everything.
French presidential hopeful and Socialist candidate Francis Laugier’s campaign is about to be threatened by a financial investigation into his friend and personal advisor Philippe Rickwaert, the Mayor of Dunkirk. How will Laugier respond?
While the elections take place, Rickwaert figures out Laugier's new strategy—he has sent his special advisor, Dorendeu, on a mission to hinder the far-right candidate's chances of retaining its Northern constituency.
After falling ill, the first secretary of the Socialist Party steps down, triggering a vicious battle over succession to the post. As conflict ensues between Rickwaert and Laugier, Dorendeu finds herself caught in the middle of it all.
While Laugier launches education reforms, Rickwaert devises a plan to leverage a student movement against him, hoping that taking the reins of a demonstration for young people will pave the perfect path for him to return to politics.
Rickwaert sends shockwaves through the political community by negotiating with the former right-wing president to support the student demonstrations. At this point, he will do anything to charm and get in with the leaders of the opposition.
Rickwaert leads a ruthless battle to maintain his position in Dunkirk and appears to be back on Laugier's side. Meanwhile, Laugier fights his own battle against the Germans over EU sanctions on the excessive deficit.
While the cards look favorable for France in the European tug of war, the OHL Dunkirk affair resurfaces, forcing Laugier and Rickwaert to navigate troubled waters between diplomacy and foul play.
Released from prison but still monitored, Philippe Rickwaert tries to convince socialist candidate Amélie Dorendeu to form an alliance with Michel Vidal, leader of the radical party. But things don’t go according to plan and his plan backfires.
After reuniting with his former fiefdom, Dunkirk, Philippe tries to sow discord in his successor’s legislative campaign in order to plan his comeback. Meanwhile, Amélie turns the tables and Philippe looks for a way to take advantage.
Amélie faces her first political roadblock when trying to pass her key Health Act. Philippe tries to leverage a young parliament member’s struggle to get rid of a political enemy, but ends up in a tough spot.
The parliamentary crisis reaches a new peak and Amélie is more weakened than ever. Philippe sees the opportunity to persuade her to try the Left Alliance, but a national threat hardens her resolve, threatening her relationship with Philippe.
Philippe has been abandoned and is in big trouble. Amélie brings the socialist barons in line with an iron fist. Refusing the defeat, Philippe undertakes a wild counteroffensive, seeking out a leader able to defy Amélie.
While Cyril goes on the media circuit with a secular-focused political line, Amélie triumphs with Thorigny as her new Prime Minister. Facing unfair judgment, Philippe makes a last-ditch effort to meet the Secretary-General of the Élysée.
In a televised debate against the National Front leader, Philippe suggests a referendum on diversity in schools. Thorigny schemes to create a political movement that will challenge Amélie in the next presidential election.
The Check Up
Philippe Rickwaert celebrates the end of his ineligibility with an ambitious plan: bring the Socialist Party back from its ashes by running for president against President Amélie Dorendeu, Vidal's "left-wing populism," and the far right of Chalon.
With the Socialist Party in shambles, Philippe joins Michel Vidal’s "The People Stand Up.” As the regional election approaches, Philippe sees it as a golden opportunity to pull some strings, but Vidal is not fooled by his double game.
During a trip to Spain, Vidal tries to secure Philippe’s loyalty and make him renounce his Elysian ambitions. As revelations about Amélie’s personal life thwarts her plans, she announces a surprise referendum that shakes Philippe’s alliance.
Amélie surprises everyone by announcing a referendum to modernize the institutions of the Fifth Republic, which divides Vidal and Philippe. When Vidal is forced to accept Philippe’s vote, he challenges him to an oral debate.
Voting yes to Amélie’s referendum becomes a debacle and threatens to bury Philippe’s political ambitions. But when a pro-abstention supporter blurs the campaign, Philippe starts believing again, even if it means playing with fire.
After the violence in the polling stations, Philippe is on the road to convince people that he can rally. If Amélie has given up running for reelection, Philippe is determined to unite the left, but Vidal does not want to give in to blackmail.
Although Philippe has given up the presidential election, he has not yet surrendered and expects to be appointed Prime Minister by Amélie, but his entourage is worried about his mental health. On the other side of the Rhine, a political storm brews.
- Kad Merad, Niels Arestrup, Anna Mouglalis
- Ziad Doueiri
- Eric Benzekri, Jean-Baptiste Delafon
- Eric Benzekri
- Eric Benzekri, Jean-Baptiste Delafon