French broadcaster Nagui is one of the most familiar faces on French TV, so his response to the attacks of 13 November matters.
Last night as he welcomed viewers to his 2 1/2 hour long live interactive quiz show "Tout Le Monde Joue avec Le Cerveau" he took a moment to explain that the decision to go ahead with this shiny-floor show, after a weekend of horror and wall-to-wall news coverage had been a difficult one, but like the England-France friendly they were scheduled against, his team's decision to set aside their fears and go on with the show was the right one for them and for France. The 300-strong studio audience clapped for a whole minute, releasing the palpable tension in the big studio in Saint Denis, and Nagui's usual control momentarily slipped as he struggled with the emotion of the moment.
It was a good call. Everyone in the Air Productions team (Nagui's own production company, part of the Banijay group) was either affected by the attacks or knew somebody who was. All emphatically supported the decision. The French people agreed - 3.8m viewed the show, well above the slot average and the play-along game numbers set a new record for France 2 as they played along in their hundreds of thousands on their devices.
The Monterosa team set aside doubts and boarded the empty Eurostar on Monday morning feeling privileged to be a part of the production. Leaving Saint Denis through the security cordon this morning, it is clear that the situation in Paris is still developing, but the healing is starting and we feel proud to have been a part of it in a small way.