François-David Cardonnel is the Sole Survivor of Koh-Lanta: Vanuatu. He later competed in Koh-Lanta: Le Retour des Héros.


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  • 21 ans
  • Gard
  • Escrimeur
  • Taille: 1m75
  • Poids: 74 kg
  • Vos centres d'intérêt et sports pratiqués?Escrime médiéval, équitation
  • Votre principale qualité? Passionné
  • Votre principal défaut? Passionné
  • Vos motivations pour participer à Koh-Lanta: Etre confronté à moi-même dans un contexte inhabituel, me découvrir, me construire
  • Avez-vous un modèle de candidat issu des éditions précédentes de Koh-Lanta? Françis de Koh-Lanta 5
  • Résumez votre aventure dans Koh-Lanta à un titre de film: Koh-Lanta 6 : on en chie !
  • Ce qui vous a le plus manqué dans l'aventure Koh-Lanta:Mon travail et bien manger
  • Citez ceux dont vous vous êtes senti le plus proche dans l'aventure Koh-Lanta: Emilie
  • En quoi l'aventure Koh-Lanta vous a-t-elle changé? Elle m'a rendu plus patient
  • Pour moi ça craint plutôt: Dans l'eau
  • Insectes, scorpions, serpents...: Même pas peur!
  • Très froid, très chaud...: Pas de problème, j'm'adapte
  • Manger un jour sur deux...: Pas grave, c'est l'aventure
  • Tiens un fruit que je ne connais pas...: J'y touche surtout pas, il est peut-être toxique!
  • Dormir à 12 dans le même abri...: Cela renforce l'amitié
  • A Koh lanta ...:. Tous pour un et un pour tous!
  • Avec deux morceaux de bois...: J'allume un feu
  • Fatigue, promiscuité, faim, loin des miens...: J'ai toujours le moral
  • Si je me fais éliminer...: C'est comme ça et bon courage à ceux qui restent

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  • Age: 24 ans
  • Profession: Escrimeur
  • Ville: Gard
  • Equipe: Jacaré
Ce jeune homme de 24 ans a le physique d'une star de cinéma! Sous ce physique d'athlète et une volonté de fer, se cache un personnage sensible et passionné, pouvant facilement se laisser emporter par ses émotions. Gagnant de la sixième édition de Koh-Lanta, François-David a surtout trouvé l'amour lors de l'émission en la personne d'Emilie avec qui il partage sa vie dorénavant.



A member of the Tana tribe, François-David got along well with Ludovic Laresche and Nico Le Duc and considered them his buddies. Right after the tribes were assigned, the two tribes competed in their first Reward Challenge for fire in the form of three matches, which Tana won. Upon arriving to their beach, the Tana tribe debated over what their priorities were for camp life, but soon after, Karine Amorsi and Gaëlle Zanetton found the tribe's water well. Though this issue was now resolved, the tribe was divided over whether they should try to light a fire then or work on the shelter. The Tana tribe failed twice at starting a fire before competing in the first Immunity Challenge, which they lost, but finally succeeded at this with their final match the day of Tribal Council. At Tribal Council, François-David joined the majority in voting out Karine for her lack of affinity with these fellow tribe members and for seeming out of her element. Sébastien Roullé incorporated himself well socially with the other three men and it seemed to be that the four would form a voting bloc against the three women at any of Tana's subsequent Tribal Councils. However, Marie Bayard, Émilie Frahi, and Gaëlle approached François-David with the idea of him forming an alliance with them, to which he agreed, and the foursome blindsided Sébastien at the next Tribal Council when their tribe lost the second Immunity Challenge. The next day, Ludovic and Nico called François-David a traitor for his move against the men's alliance, but François-David claimed that he had never formally committed himself to the men in terms of allegiance and, for this reason, had no qualms in forming an alliance with the women. A small rivalry was formed between François-David and Ludovic that remained for a good portion of the season, beginning with the latter emasculating the former. When the Tana tribe lost the fourth Immunity Challenge, Ludovic, who the women had originally considered forming an alliance with before forming one with François-David instead, became the majority alliance's target for elimination. However, because Marie had a soft spot for Ludovic, their target switched to Nico and he was eliminated at the corresponding Tribal Council.

When the Tana tribe won the fifth Reward Challenge on Day 13, they were rewarded with the right to permanently kidnap one of the members of the Mosso tribe as part of a tribe switch. Ludovic, who was seen as the leader of the Tana tribe during that challenge, was told by Denis Brogniart to make the decision for his tribe. Ludovic chose Sébastien, who had just returned to the game on the Mosso tribe in Nicolas Maire's place on Day 12 due to the Nicolas being evacuated and eliminated because he had contracted both a knee infection and gastroenteritis. The Tana tribe won the remaining tribal Immunity Challenges and its six members were fairly unified come the merge, with the exception of some minor conflicts, especially between François-David and Ludovic.

Before the tribes merged, Nathalie Bella and Gaëlle were selected as the Ambassadors for their respective tribes and visited their rivals' camps. While away from their tribes, Gaëlle talked to the Mosso tribe members about their camp, which she considered superior to her tribe's own, and Nathalie talked to the Tana tribe members about working with them strategically going forward, though the Tana tribe members were left somewhat confused because Nathalie first claimed that she would write down Alain Ponton's name at the Ambassadors' Meeting and that they should vote him out at the merged tribe's first Tribal Council, but then claimed that she would instead go for a draw because she didn't have the heart to write any of her tribemates' names down. Ultimately, at the Ambassadors' Meeting, Nathalie and Gaëlle decided upon Estelle Granger, to Nathalie's reluctance. Upon finishing second in the first individual Immunity Challenge, Estelle was eliminated by the original Tana members at the merged tribe's first Tribal Council.

At the Final Nine, Nathalie tried to shake things up by telling François-David and Émilie that they were at the bottom of their alliance in order to turn the original Tana tribe members against each other. This failed and Nathalie's attempts at getting Catherine, who didn't want to get involved, to back up her claims led to conflict and a fractured friendship between the two. After these events, the original Tana tribe members debated over whether they should vote out their original intended target Alain, for his strength in challenges, or Nathalie, for being the source of drama around camp, at the merge tribe's second Tribal Council. After some tense discussion, especially between François-David and Gaëlle and François-David and Ludovic, they settled on Nathalie and she was voted out unanimously. When the remaining eight contestants were offered their letters from home in exchange for food, the original Tana tribe members entered another conflict over how much food the merged tribe should offer, a decision of which the original Mosso tribe members decided not to give any input. Gaëlle wanted to offer up all of their food and she rallied support from Marie and Émilie. Meanwhile, the alliance's men wanted to keep a bunch of bananas. The alliance's women had their way, though Marie soon regretted supporting that move because this meant that she had prepared the tribe's crabs, which were now offered up for trade, earlier for nothing. Alain and Catherine Brun were pagonged at the next two Tribal Councils, respectively, leaving the original Tana tribe members to begin turning on each other at the Final Six.

At this point, the Final Six were divided into three pairs of friendships: Marie and Gaëlle, François-David and Émilie, and Ludovic and Sébastien. Sensing that she would be a strategic threat down the road and disliking her lack of generosity over the past few cycles, the latter two pairs voted out Gaëlle at the next Tribal Council. They were surprised, however, to learn that Marie, who knew that Gaëlle would be eliminated anyway, voted against her as well as they had figured that she would've voted in a different direction out of sympathy for Gaëlle. At the Final Five, Ludovic won the Reward Challenge for the second time in a row and, unlike the time before where he shared his reward with his closest ally Sébastien, he shared his reward with François-David in order to bury the hatchet with him. Knowing that she was next in line to go, when she lost the next Immunity Challenge, Marie tried to convince François-David and Émilie that they should join her in voting out Ludovic as he had made some negative comments about François-David behind his back in the past. This failed and Marie was voted out unanimously, with Marie herself having voted against Émilie as she felt that she deserved to be there the least.

François-David made it to the finale and, when Émilie won the Perch challenge at the Final Three, she chose to take François-David to the Final Two over Sébastien. There, François-David won against Émilie in a 5-3 vote because the former had established stronger friendships with the original Mosso tribe members than the latter had and because Marie and Gaëlle were more bitter towards the latter than the former. Upon returning to France, François-David and Émilie entered into a relationship.

Voting History

François-David's Voting History
Episode François-David's
Voted Against
1 Karine -
2 Sébastien -
3 Tana Tribe Immune
4 Nico Ludovic, Nico
5 Tana Tribe Immune
6 Tana Tribe Immune
7 Estelle Nathalie
8 Nathalie Nathalie
9 Alaine -
10 Catherine -
11 Gaëlle Gaëlle
12 Marie Individual Immunity
13 Ineligible -
Jury Votes for
Alain, Catherine,
Gaëlle, Marie, Nathalie
Sole Survivor, Day 40

Le Retour des Héros

François-David and Émilie Frahi openly entered the game as a romantic couple. For the first portion of the opening sudden death challenge, François-David was paired up with Catherine Ehret-Mader. François-David and Catherine were the second pair to finish and, therefore, were safe. After the eliminations of Amel Fatnassi and Jean-Bernard Hauton-Arnaud, François-David and Catherine were assigned to the Jacaré and Tupan tribes, respectively. Working against their strategy to remain detached from one another throughout the game, Émilie was also assigned to the Jacaré tribe, much to their dismay. Fortunately, the couple formed an alliance with Philippe Bordier, which eventually grew to include Clémence Castel as well. Therefore, Christelle Gauzet and Moundir Zoughari were relegated to the minority.

When Christelle cried in isolation because she knew that either she or Moundir would be voted out should the tribe lose an Immunity Challenge, Moundir believed that Émilie was to blame for it. In response, Moundir called out Émilie as the weakest link of the tribe in front of everybody and told François-David that he needed to keep his girlfriend in control. This last comment directed at François-David angered the romantic couple, who told Moundir that he shouldn't talk about Émilie like she is an animal. Moundir soon turned to Philippe and, after Philippe told Moundir that he knew that Moundir would be problematic for the Jacaré tribe, Moundir eventually stormed off with the intention of quitting the game. Though his tribemates believed that he had done so going into the second Immunity Challenge, Denis Brogniart revealed to them that Moundir had changed his mind and Moundir rejoined them wearing a camouflage buff instead of a red one. After the Jacaré tribe lost the second Immunity Challenge, Denis Brogniart revealed to them that Tribal Council would be taking place right there and then. There, the majority alliance voted out Moundir in order to restore peace in the tribe. When the Jacaré tribe lost the third Immunity Challenge, Christelle was voted out unanimously.

Before the tribes merged, Denis Brogniart informed both tribes separately that it was time for them to appoint Ambassadors. He also informed them that the power of the Ambassadors has increased: instead of casting a vote against someone, the Ambassadors have to eliminate someone. With none of them having the heart to potentially eliminate one of their own, the Jacaré tribe agreed to draw straws for the role because, if the Ambassadors do not reach a consensus, they would have to opt for a rock draw in which one of them would be eliminated instead. Philippe drew the short straw and became the Ambassador for the Jacaré tribe. At the Ambassadors' Meeting, Philippe met with fellow Panama contestant Catherine, who became the Ambassador for the Tupan tribe after volunteering for the position. Philippe and Catherine failed to convince one another to turn on one of their respective allies and, after the consequential rock draw, Philippe was eliminated from the game.

When the tribes merged, the second Tupan tribe members made plans to vote out François-David at the merged tribe's first Tribal Council. However, François-David won the first Immunity Challenge, which prompted the second Tupan tribe members to switch their target to Émilie in order to potentially throw François-David off of his game in the next cycle. After the challenge, Catherine became faint and had to be temporarily evacuated from the game. As the corresponding Tribal Council approached, the second Tupan tribe members at camp realized that they should target Clémence instead of Émilie because Clémence had already won the game, unlike Émilie, and because Clémence was stronger than Émilie in challenges. Therefore, the second Tupan tribe members, with the exception of Catherine, who was at the infirmary, changed their plans and voted out Clémence instead. At the Final Eight, François-David and Émilie were, respectively, the male and female winners of the first individual Reward Challenge, Mud Pack, which meant that the romantic couple could share a reward exclusively with each other. Earlier that day, Tony Sanchez told François-David that he felt that a man should win the season. Subsequently, within hours, the tribe seemed to be in a subtle battle of the sexes and, the next day, Catherine told Émilie that the women should vote out Jean-Bernard at the next Tribal Council because, of the remaining men, he joined the Tupan tribe later than its other members. Émilie informed François-David about this new idea, realizing that he and the women could pagong the other men over the next few cycles and, in turn, allow the two of them to make it deeper into the game. However, after François-David won the second individual Immunity Challenge, Denis Brogniart revealed to the tribe that, like once earlier in the season, Tribal Council would be taking place right there and then. With no opportunity to confirm the other plan, François-David and Émilie voted against Tony and the second Tupan tribe members voted out Émilie. Now the last of the original Jacaré members still in the game, at the Final Seven, François-David lost the individual Immunity Challenge, ending his immunity run. Tony won this challenge, but later forfeited the immunity totem because he felt like he didn't properly earn this victory because he asked Jade Handi to throw it for him. In spite of this and the tribe being annoyed by Tony's antics at camp, the second Tupan tribe members eliminated François-David, with the exception of Jade who chose not to vote against François-David as a show of respect.

Voting History

François-David's Voting History
Episode François-David's
Voted Against
1 Jacaré Tribe Immune
2 Moundir -
3 Christelle -
4 Romuald Individual Immunity
5 Tony Individual Immunity
6 Tony Catherine, Filomène,
Romuald, Tony
Voted Out, Day 14
Voted for
Sole Survivor

Post Koh-Lanta



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