Tag: television

Has Le Franco Phoney turned Austra-Phoney?

Greetings from Australia, where I’ve been helping out with a family illness for the past month. I’m about to head back to France, but being home brought up a few cultural questions. I started Le Franco Phoney because the French

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Typical French television?

Sunday morning television in France is no different to the rest of the world. It’s terrible! Queue re-runs of eighties sitcoms and cartoons for kids — surely the only people up on a Sunday morning. Alas, I’m an early riser,

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Le Petit Journal

Back before cable TV stations, France had the usual satellite stations which offered evening shows with audiences. You know the sort, where French people clap (to the wrong beat – this drives me nuts) to familiar songs between segments, laugh

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Back to the Future – French style

French television - Back to the Future

What a week! In case you were hiding under a rock, we hit the date programmed into the Delorean in the film ‘Back to the Future Part 2′! Television stations around the world played the film last night to happy

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Can I sleep at your place?

Antoine de Maximy is a name you’ve probably never heard of. He’s a French man who has travelled the world in an interesting and brave way. With cameras all around him recording his journeys, he asks random people if he

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What France thinks of vegetarians

Ahh, look at this rustic hippy scene from the seventies. Hang on, that’s an image from a brand new advertisement on French TV. The ad represents vegetarians as hippies living in houses with home-made decorations like shells on strings. Add

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Does this make you want chocolate?

Just when you thought chocolate adverts in France couldn’t get any weirder (I’m thinking about the Kinder Maxi advert where a woman on a train offers a random kid some chocolate, while some lyrics “If we sleep together would it

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The Tipiak ladies scare me

The Tipiak ladies from Brittany

An unnerving advertisement has made its way back onto French TV. It’s the Tipiak ladies from Brittany. Basically, these three old ladies are sitting around chatting in their traditional Brittany outfits (which really look like a lot of effort to

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French adverts with English lyrics

It’s been a while since I wrote about the absurdity of the Kinder Bueno advert, which stars tennis champion Jo Wilfried Tsonga. French television advertisements are the usual mix of brilliant, funny, cheesy and terrible that are seen throughout the

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Popular sport on French TV

French public television features tennis during the French Open, Grand Prix car races and of course European football. Sometimes, there’s skiing on the local channel for those of us here in La Clusaz and other areas of the French Alps.

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Wendy Hollands writer in Annecy, France

I'm an experienced professional writer based in the French Alps. I enjoy learning French language nuances, winter sports and travel. Read more...

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