Karine Le Marchand Wiki, Height, Age, Boyfriend, Family, Biography & More

Karine Le Marchand is a French journalist and television host well known for presenting the shows L’Amour est dans le pré, C’est ma vie, On ne chose pas ses frères and Un air de Star, all on M6 canal. .

Wiki / Biography

Karine Le Marchand was born under the name of Karine M’Fayokurera on Friday August 16, 1968 (age 53 years; from 2021), in Nancy, France.

Childhood photo of Karine Le Marchand

Childhood photo of Karine Le Marchand

During her childhood, Karine Lemarchand developed an interest in music, which is why she learned to play the harp and the transverse flute at the Conservatory of regional influence in Nancy, with her sister Agnès. In 1986, she moved from Nancy to Paris to pursue her dream of becoming a singer, but eventually embarked on a career as a TV presenter. Three months before the bac, she dropped out of school to relaunch her career.

Physical appearance

Height : 5 ′ 8 ″ (1.77 m)

Hair color: Dark brown

Eye colour: Dark brown

Karine Le Marchand


Parents and siblings

Karine Le Marchand’s father is of Burundian origin and her mother is from Lorraine, France. She grew up with her older sister, Agnès, her mother, who was an executive secretary, and her maternal grandmother.

Karine Le Marchand with her mother

Karine Le Marchand with her mother

Her parents separated when she was one and a half years old. Years later, she reunited with her father while filming a report in Burundi for the TV5 Monde channel. Later, she learned that her father was the director of national television, a secret her mother had kept from her. She took control of her emotions and interviewed her long lost father. Two years after their reunion, her father died of AIDS.

Husband and children

Her daughter, Alya, was born in 2003. Alya’s father was a Hungarian Jew.

Karine Le Marchand with her daughter, Alya

Karine Le Marchand with her daughter Alya

Relations / Business

At seventeen, when she moved to Paris, she went out with a fighter pilot who wanted to become a model. From 2007 to 2013, she was in a relationship with Lilian Thuram, French author and former professional footballer.

Karine Le Marchand and Lilian Thuram

Karine Le Marchand and Lilian Thuram

After announcing her separation from the football champion in the radio program of Enora Malagré, Karine Karine Le Marchand filed a complaint against Lilian Thuram for domestic violence. Shortly thereafter, she withdrew the complaint qualifying the incident as “not serious” and “relating to their privacy”. Previously, she was in a relationship with Passi, a hip-hop artist who rose to fame in the mid-1990s with the group Ministry AMER.

Karine Le Marchand and Passi

Karine Le Marchand and Passi


In Paris, instead of her fighter pilot boyfriend, who wanted to become a model, Karine caught the eye of the director of the Elite Model Management agency. Subsequently, she began her modeling career. In an interview, she revealed that she hated being a model. While exposing the reasons for her hatred, she said:

I hated it because first of all I have character and tell me “you’re the object woman”… When we paraded, we had to make a face and I laughed all the time… There were stories! They were tripping over themselves, they spilled varnish on the wedding dress because they were upset that they weren’t the ones wearing it. I’m completely hallucinating “

(I hated it because above all I have character and I say to myself ‘you are the object woman’ … When we paraded, we had to make faces and I laughed all the time … They were tripping over each other, they spilled varnish on the wedding dress because they were unhappy that they weren’t wearing it. I was completely hallucinated. “)

Later, she joined the RMC radio station.

As a TV presenter

TV5, France 3, France 2 and France 5

In 1996, on TV5, she presented the program ’24 H en direct ‘. In 1998, she hosted the program Musique-Musiques on TV5. In 1995, she secured the opportunity to present the program ‘Midi Pile’ on France 3 Paris Île-de-France, a free French public television channel. From 2001 to 2004, she presented the program “À vos quarters” on France 3. At the end of the 90s, she joined the France 2 channel, where she presented the programs “Comment faire? and ‘Les Forges du Désert.’ In 2005, she hosted the French television show ‘Encore plus libre’ broadcast on France 2. She also hosted Les Tabous de… (2007) on France 2; the program focused on the prohibitions existing in French society such as homosexuality, prostitution, etc. Other shows that she hosts on France 2 include Les Rituels de l’Amour (1999), Super Loto (1999-2000) and Les Molières (2006-2008). In 2004, she hosted “Les Maternelles” on France 5. From 2006 to 2009, she hosted “We are not just parents” on France 5.


In 2009, she became editor-in-chief and host of “Générations Famille” on M6. Then, she started to host the French television show “C’est ma vie” on M6. Karine Le Marchand gained popularity when she started presenting “Love is in the meadow” in her fifth season.

Love is in the meadow presented by Karine Le Marchand

In 2011, she became co-host of the show ‘We do not choose our neighbors’ with Stéphane Plaza on M6. Another show she hosted on M6 was “Hope of the Year”, which featured young artisans (such as pastry chefs, hairdressers, butchers, florists and beauticians) between the ages of 16 and 25 who represent the better French craftsmanship.

We don't choose our neighbors

In 2021, she became the creator, producer and presenter of the French television show “Operation Renaissance”. Aired on M6, the show followed a dozen people suffering from obesity having recourse to bariatric surgery. The program thus seeks to show the development of these ten people over a period of three years.

Operation Renaissance

Other shows she hosts on M6 include La France a un Incredible Talent (2020), Robbers (2021) and Transgender (2021).

Karine Le Marchand hosting the show La France has an incredible talent

Karine Le Marchand hosting the show La France has an incredible talent


In 2012, Karine Le Marchand lent her voice to the program ‘Le Temps d’un poème’ on the Disney Junior youth channel. She also lent her voice to the character of the cow in the animated film ‘Comme des bêtes 2’ (2019).

Like animals 2

In April 2013, she co-wrote her second book ‘L’Amour est tout près’ with Alix Girod de l’Ain.

Love is near

She also wrote “The 15 Steps to Learn to Love Yourself” and “Becoming Happy …: These Trials That Make Us Strong”.

The 15 steps to learn to love yourself 'and' Become happy


  • In 2021, Karine Le Marchand found herself in the midst of a controversy after requesting a subsidy of 117,000 euros from the South region to ecologically renovate her production company in Aix. The demand sparked an uproar among environmentalists after the information was revealed by Mediapart partner Marsactu. She has been criticized for seeking public funds for her personal comfort.
  • After the release of her program called Operation Renaissance, which follows the path of obese people in their bariatric surgery, she was severely criticized and deemed “grossophobic”.

Facts / Anecdotes

  • Due to her excellent English skills, her mother wanted her to become a flight attendant.
  • In 2021, she was operated on for Hallux Valgus, commonly known as a “bunion”. The deformity causes severe pain in the forefoot when walking. In 2019, she was operated on for a uterine tumor.
  • She gave birth to her daughter at the age of 34. During an interview, she encountered some difficulties before becoming pregnant and was eagerly awaiting assisted reproduction. Fortunately, she got pregnant naturally.
  • She quit smoking at age 39.
  • She takes her real name “Karine M’Fayokurera” from her Burundian father. She decided to choose the pseudonym “Karine Le Marchand” at the start of her career, a few minutes before the start of its first live broadcast, under pressure from the program director. “The Merchant” was her fiancé’s last name at the time.
  • She is the ambassador of the South Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region (PACA region) for agriculture and eco-responsibility which aims to defend the interests of farmers and take eco-responsible measures to fight against global warming. climate.
    Karine Le Marchand with Renaud Muselier, President of the South Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region

    Karine Le Marchand with Renaud Muselier, President of the South Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur Region

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