The Michelin-starred French chef Michel Troisgros is claiming nearly 1.6 million euros in operating loss compensation from German insurer Allianz for the months of closure imposed on its restaurants by the health crisis linked to Covid-19, we learned Thursday from corroborating sources.
The largest part of this sum (1.5 million euros) corresponds to the closure of Maison Troisgros, the three-star hotel and restaurant in the Michelin Guide located in Ouches (Loire, in central France).
The rest concerns the restaurant Le Central, in Roanne (Loire).
The Roanne commercial court said on Thursday that the judgment was reserved for September 15, confirming information from the French regional daily Le Progrès.
The chef's advice asked the German insurer to pay a provision of 1.2 million euros, as well as the appointment of an expert to assess the damage.
Contacted by AFP, the SCP Raffin & Associés, which represents Allianz, did not wish to speak.
Axa's gesture towards restaurateurs
Michel Troisgros, who qualifies as "incomprehensible the position of Allianz who immediately closed the door to any discussion", is also in negotiations with the Axa group, which he also assigned in connection with the operating loss. another of its establishments, the Auberge-gîte la Colline du Colombier located in Iguerande (central France).
The three-star chef nevertheless explains that this contentious hearing against the French insurer Axa set for July 21 before the commercial court of Roanne, "could be canceled because we are hopeful, by then, of finding common ground. with them ".
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A week ago, Axa made a gesture towards its restaurant customers by announcing an envelope of 300 million euros for 15,000 of them, a measure deemed insufficient by many players in the sector, while in total at least 1,500 legal proceedings target the group in France.
Similar disputes in Germany oppose Allianz to hoteliers and restaurateurs.
The insurer has already reimbursed 40 million euros to those who accepted his financial gesture.
This is an indemnity equivalent to half of the uncovered losses, once the aid from the State and partial unemployment and the savings made by the closure have been deducted.