'Half ruined', Yves Lecoq sells his Charente castle for a fortune: 'Otherwise I will go to prison'

Yves Lecoq had to make up his mind to sell his château de Chalais, in Charente. The former animator of the 'Grands du rire' can no longer assume the costs of this building, which he has (largely) restored...

"A moitié ruiné", Yves Lecoq vend son château de Charente une fortune : "Sinon je vais en prison"

' I have to sell, otherwise I'm going to jail ', Yves Lecoq didn't have a choice. He had to put his castle of Chalais up for sale which he had bought in 2011 for around 450,000 euros in order to restore it. He has almost achieved his goal. ' I wanted to do a disinterested act. The proof, this purchase and the restoration have half ruined me, but I regret nothing “, confided the comedian of 76 years to the Free Charente . It is therefore for 3.1 million euros that he is selling this building in Charente , which had been built in the 16th century by the Talleyrand-Périgord family. The ex-voice of the Guignols, who organized visits to the castle throughout the year, says he is now unable to assume the costs.

At the time of its acquisition, Yves Lecoq was able to buy the Château de Chalais for a relatively low price, since the Estates had estimated it at 800,000 euros, double what the comedian had bought. The castle is made up of 2000m² of habitable surface, of 44 rooms and 18 rooms .

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Yves Lecoq: 2.5 million euros to restore the Château de Chalais

' I'm selling, but I hope the restoration work I did will be remembered ', said Yves Lecoq. The building required large restoration work . So, the former host of Greats of laughter got down to restoring the roofs, especially that of the dungeon, ' which has regained its original look, which no inhabitant of Chalais had ever seen ', we read in The Free Charente . So many works for which he paid in all 2.5 million euros and which he hopes to complete before the sale of the castle. In this initiative to safeguard heritage, Yves Lecoq was supported by the Ministry of Culture, but the ' bonds only raised the rating '. The imitator hopes to sell at a ' company specializing in tourism and luxury accommodation ' , explains the mayor of Chalais, Joël Boniface.

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Yves Lecoq, owner of three other châteaux

Yves Lecoq owned three other châteaux. He had purchased a building in Villiers-le-Bâcle, in Essonne , which he had sold in 2021 and which had been bought by Xavier Niel, boss of the Iliad group and founder of Free. He had also sold his castle in Ardèche . But the sale of these two buildings did not allow Yves Lecoq to pay off his debts and keep the Château de Chalais. However, there is no question (for the moment) of abandoning the Chambers castle , in Roumazières-Loubert, to which the former voice of Giggles from the info particularly holds.

Source journaldesfemmes.fr