Merci patron!

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Merci patron!
Merci Patron !.jpg
Film poster
Directed byFrançois Ruffin
Produced byEdouard Mauriat
Johanna Silva
Edited byCécile Dubois
Mille et Unes production
Les Quatre cents clous
Distributed byJour2fête
Release date
  • 24 February 2016 (2016-02-24) (France)
Running time
83 minutes
Box office$3.8 million[2]

Merci patron! (Thank you, boss !) is a French documentary film directed by journalist François Ruffin. It was first screened in 2015 and was released nationally in France on 24 February 2016. The film is critical of the practice of outsourcing French jobs to foreign labour, and in particular it is critical of one of France's richest people, Bernard Arnault, chairman and CEO of the luxury goods conglomerate LVMH.[3][4] The style of the documentary has been compared to that of the American director Michael Moore.[3] The film's success has been cited as a factor in the rise of the Nuit debout movement.[5][6][7]


The film's stars are Jocelyn and Serge Klur, former workers at a factory that manufactured clothes for the luxury goods brand Kenzo, owned by LVMH. When the factory was moved to Poland, the couple found themselves unemployed, struggling with debt, and at risk of losing their house.

The director and left-wing activist François Ruffin sets out to help the couple, seeking to make Bernard Arnault, head of LVMH, pay compensation to the couple for "ruining their lives".[3]


The film was a box office success. By the end of April 2016, the film had been seen by 315,183 cinemagoers in France.[1][8]

Bernard Arnault, when asked about the film by a shareholder at a meeting on 7 April 2016, responded, "LVMH is the illustration, the incarnation of the worst, according to these extreme leftist observers, of what the market economy produces."[9]


  1. ^ a b Mandelbaum, Jacques (6 April 2016). "« Merci patron ! » capitalise les entrées". Le Monde (in French). Retrieved 9 April 2016.
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  3. ^ a b c "Doc about workers' revenge on France's richest man becomes smash hit". France 24. 20 March 2016. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
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  5. ^ Bastié, Eugénie (7 April 2016). "Nuit debout : genèse d'un mouvement pas si spontané". Le Figaro (in French). Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  6. ^ Chrisafis, Angelique (8 April 2016). "Nuit debout protesters occupy French cities in revolutionary call for change". The Guardian. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  7. ^ Besse Desmoulières, Raphaëlle (6 April 2016). "Nuit debout, histoire d'un ovni politique". Le Monde (in French). Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Merci patron!". JP's Box-Office.
  9. ^ Carvajal, Doreen (12 April 2016). "Documentary Stirs French as Officials Weigh a Labor Overhaul". The New York Times. Retrieved 28 April 2016.

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