LIVE! Join the hosts of TV5MONDE on a global tour of the French-speaking world, broadcasting live from 18 cities to celebrate the vitality and cultural impact of the French language worldwide!
Airs: September 25 at 23h00 ET to September 26 at 19h00 ET
Presented by TV5MONDE presenters, including: Patrick Simonin, Guillaume Durand, Estelle Martin, Dominique Laresche, Mohamed Kaci and more!
The 18 cities featured
Nouméa - Our epic voyage through the French-speaking world begins in the heart of Château Hagen in Nouméa. With their rich cultural diversity and mixed history, the French language provides a common thread for the New-Caledonians. A first port of call that highlights New-Caledonian gastronomy, as cosmopolitan as the country itself.
Bangkok - The second step on our journey, Bangkok the capital of Thailand
Paris - After Paris we head for Beijing to explore French-speaking China. What is the place of the French language today, in this vast country? Which Franco-Chinese clichés still exist? A vector for the French-speaking world in China, contemporary art is also part of this fourth step on our voyage.
Beijing - After Paris we head for Beijing to explore French-speaking China. What is the place of the French language today, in this vast country? Which Franco-Chinese clichés still exist? A vector for the French-speaking world in China, contemporary art is also part of this fourth step on our voyage.
Yerevan - Yerevan, capital of Armenia, is one of the oldest cities in the world. We not only explore the French language but also tourism, education and music including a tribute to that most famous of Armenians, Charles Aznavour. A programme broadcast from the Centre Aznavour, atop the Cascade hill.
Athens - For this sixth step on our voyage we visit Athens, the Greek capital and cradle of the Olympic spirit. It was here that the first modern Olympic Games were held, in 1896. French is also one of the official languages of the International Olympic Committee (IOC).
Bamako - Our first African destination: Bamako, Mali. With a population of more than three million, the Malian capital continues to grow rapidly. A cosmopolitan city, combining tradition and modernity, Bamako is traversed by the Niger, also known as the river of blood. On its banks we discuss music, literature, art, humour...
Dakar - Dakar, capital of Senegal, occupies a favoured position as a harbour town on the Cap-Vert peninsula; ideally placed to encourage trade links between Africa and Europe. On the programme: Senegalese art and culture, a visit to the Villa Senghor and the IFEF (La Francophonie Institute for Education and Training).
Porto Novo - The capital of Benin, Porto-Novo, possesses an exceptional architectural heritage with colonial and Afro-Brazilian buildings. This is where the colonial governors built their palace, today occupied by the National Assembly. We set up our studio in this venue steeped in history, in the heart of the botanical garden and nature.
Brussels - Our tenth port of call. Brussels, capital of both Belgium and Europe.
Kigail - Twenty-five years after one of the worst tragedies in the 20th century, tiny Rwanda, with its 26,000 km², is today a leading light on the African continent. An example to follow for its impressive economic and ecological progress. From Kigali, its capital, we discover the land of a thousand hills.
Yaoundé - We stop off in Yaoundé, capital of Cameroon, land of encounters and diversity where the French language plays a major role. We discover the Silicon Mountain, the country's reference in terms of ecosystems, but also the landscapes and peoples of Cameroon. A twelfth destination where music takes pride of place.
Casablanca - Casablanca, the largest city in the Maghreb, is the economic capital of Morocco, a country renowned for its multiculturalism. A peaceful coexistence illustrated by two short documentaries: Senegalese women in Casablanca and the Museum of Judaism. The programme also looks at the influence of French language and architecture.
Cairo - Cairo, on the banks of the Nile, a river that played an all-essential role in Ancient Egypt. We discuss Egypt's rich cultural heritage, its ancient civilisation with its pyramids and other works, its contemporary and urban art and the country's attachment to the French language, studied by 40,000 Egyptian pupils.
Tunis - Our fifteenth port of call is Tunis, the Tunisian capital.
Lausanne - Lausanne, its famous cathedral, Lake Geneva... But this city built on three hills is also renowned for the EPFL (Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne), one of the most dynamic research institutes in the world. The programme, presented from the EPFL itself, concentrates on the theme of innovation in Switzerland.
Fort-de-France - Overseas France is celebrated in this seventeenth destination with a visit to Fort-de-France, Martinique.
Montreal - Our eighteenth port of call, and final destination before returning to Paris, is Montreal, Canada, one of the bastions of the French-speaking world.
Paris - We return to Paris for a two-hour live broadcast with Guillaume Durand and his guests.