Carole Gaessler reflects on the death of her childhood sweetheart

Carole Gaessler reflects on the death of her childhood sweetheart

The presenter of Quel Jeux spoke about the tragic death of her former companion, who died in a car accident.

Having become one of the emblematic faces of France 3 after having officiated for more than a decade at the presentation of 19/20, Carole Gaessler made a surprising turn last summer by taking the reins of Quel Jeux!, the daily broadcast every evening on France 3. But the biggest upheaval came in 1994 when she decided to send a tape to Henri Sannier, then editorial director of France 3. Indirect consequence of the tragedy which had struck her a few months earlier.

Carole Gaessler lost her childhood sweetheart in a car accident while he was driving on a highway in Verdun to join her. The one who was only 29 years old had been hit head-on by a heavy goods vehicle. “A truck arriving opposite swerved, hit a safety barrier and Laurent crashed into the truck”she told Frédéric Lopez in his show A Sunday in the Country, adding: “Your life becomes fragile, everything stops. »

“It gave meaning to my goal”

After a year spent with her in-laws, devastated by the tragedy, Carole Gaessler decided to throw herself headlong into work. “It turns out that he had a dream, a desire and it became your desire”first explained Frédéric Lopez. “When he had his accident, he had a meeting with Jean-Pierre Elkabbach to try to join the political service, she confided. When he died, it gave me a sense of purpose, telling me that everything he couldn’t do, I was going to do. As a doubter, it gave me a kind of strength that surpassed my doubts. »

“As my life was upside down, work is very structuring. And the job saved me, she said. And her efforts were quickly rewarded since France 3, seduced by the one who was then officiating at France 3 Lorraine, joined the national editorial team, first as a collaborator of Henri Sannier then as a joker for the presentation of 12/13, 19 /20 and Evening 3.

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