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.

Episode 1 Sep, 25 2019 11:00 pm
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. Guest: Veima, singer. Presented by: Patrick Simonin, Mériba Karé.
Episode 2 Sep, 26 2019 12:08 am
Bangkok The second stop on "La Piste de la Francophonie" is in Bangkok, Thailand, a capital both modern yet traditional. A major business centre, the City of Angels is one of the most-visited towns in the world. Nidhya Paliakara and her guests talk about tourism, cooking, muay-thaï, France-Thailand relations... Presented by: Nidhya Paliakara.
Episode 3 Sep, 26 2019 01:08 am
Paris Seven in the morning, Paris awakens... Françoise Joly is on the Seine, aboard one of the famous bateaux-mouches, for a Parisian stop-over rich in flavour, words, discussions and songs. The ideal opportunity to meet celebrities with such incredibly varied voices, but all sharing the same love of the French language. Guests: Bernard Cerquiglini, Shirley Souagnon, Axelle Fanyo, Romain Meder, La Grande Sophie, Barbara Cassin. Presented by: Françoise Joly.
Episode 4 Sep, 26 2019 02:08 am
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. Guests: Lin Song, comedian; Sophia Liu, film-maker; Xin Dong Chen, gallery-owner. Presented by: Estelle Martin, Sandra Sui.
Episode 5 Sep, 26 2019 03:08 am
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. Guests: Nikol Pachinian, prime minister of Armenia, Hayk Petrosyan, singer; Anoush Arshakyan, singer. Presented by: Elena Gabrielian.
Episode 6 Sep, 26 2019 04:08 am
Athens Athens, Greek capital, birthplace of the Olympics and our sixth port-of-call. Alexia Kefalas broadcasts live from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Centre, designed by the architect Renzo Piano, home to the national library and opera house. From Mytilene, main town of Lesbos, to Aegina Island, we highlight an avant-garde Greece. Guest: Nana Mouskouri, Greek singer. Presented by: Alexia Kefalas.
Episode 7 Sep, 26 2019 05:08 am
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... Guest: Aïda Mady Diallo, writer. Presented by: Dominique Tchimbakala, Sidiki Dembele.
Episode 8 Sep, 26 2019 06:08 am
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). Guests: Youssou Ndour, singer; Didier Awadi, musician and rapper; Aminata Sow Fall, writer; Mati Diop, actress and film-maker. Presented by: Denise Époté, Daha Ba.
Episode 9 Sep, 26 2019 07:08 am
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. Guests: Florent Couao-Zotti, writer; Harmonie, slam poet; Gopal Das, slam poet; Poly-Rythmo, Beninese orchestra. Presented by: Linda Giguère, Serge Ayaka.
Episode 10 Sep, 26 2019 08:08 am
Brussels A cosmopolitan European city, Brussels is host to this tenth stage of "La Piste de la Francophonie". In the company of her guests, Ophélie Fontana invites us to discover the capital of Belgium, appreciated for its gastronomy, its renowned Manneken-Pis and its totally unique sense of humour. Guests: Arnaud Hoedt and Jérôme Piron, humorists, creators of the show "La Convivialité, la Faute de l'Orthographe"; Laurent Rosier, linguist, professor at the Free University of Brussels; Jérôme Colin, journalist and novelist who presents the programme "Hep Taxi!". Presented by: Ophélie Fontana.
Episode 11 Sep, 26 2019 09:08 am
Kigali 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. Guest: Hervé Kimenyi, comedian. Presented by: Dominique Laresche, Davy Carmel.
Episode 12 Sep, 26 2019 10:08 am
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. Guests: Charlotte Dipanda, singer-songwriter; Ottou Marcelin, singer-songwriter and musician; Donny Elwood, singer-songwriter. Presented by: Lise-Laure Étia, Évelyne Owona Essomba.
Episode 13 Sep, 26 2019 11:08 am
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. Guest: Rebel Spirit, a Moroccan artist with a passion for urban art. Presented by: Slimane Zeghidour, Ouadih Dada.
Episode 14 Sep, 26 2019 12:08 pm
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. Guests: Omaïma El-Shal, Egyptologist; Khaled al-Anani, Egyptian minister of antiquities. Presented by: Mohamed Kaci, Noha Alaaldin Abdelbaset.
Episode 15 Sep, 26 2019 01:08 pm
Tunis Our fifteenth port-of-call is Tunis, the economic and business capital of Tunisia. Connecting Europe and Africa, the city will host the 17th Francophonie Summit in 2020. On the programme for this Mediterranean stage of our journey: knowledge, research, culture, democracy and... the French-speaking world. Guests: Dorra Ghorbel, director general of the City of Sciences; Neila Chaabane, Dean of the Faculty of Legal, Political and Social Sciences of Tunis; Olfa Belhassine, journalist with the daily newspaper "La Presse de Tunisie"; Ferid Memmich, Tunisian representative to the OIF; Ghalia Benali, singer, dancer and actress. Presented by: Xavier Lambrechts, Amel Chahed.
Episode 16 Sep, 26 2019 02:08 pm
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. Guests: Aude Pugin, managing director of APCO Technologies, president of the Vaud Chamber of Commerce and Industry; Francesco Pepe, astrophysicist; André Borschberg, professional aeroplane and helicopter pilot; Yves Daccord, director general of the International Red Cross Committee. Presented by: Tania Chytil, Jonas Schneiter.
Episode 17 Sep, 26 2019 03:08 pm
Fort-de-France Overseas France is celebrated in this seventeenth destination with a visit to Fort-de-France, Martinique. The island that has given us some great writers such as Aimé Césaire, Patrick Chamoiseau and Raphaël Confiant. Spotlight on the wealth of "Madinina": Creole-speaking, French-speaking, gourmet, literary, musical... Presented by: Jimmy Damase
Episode 18 Sep, 26 2019 04:08 pm
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. In the "On va se le dire" programme studio, Sébastien Diaz and guests discuss artificial intelligence and how new technical terms arrive in the French language. Presented by: Sébastien Diaz.
Episode 19 Sep, 26 2019 05:08 pm
Paris We return to Paris for a two-hour live broadcast with Guillaume Durand and his guests. Guests: Thomas Römer, Aurore Vincenti, Yamina Benguigui, Camille Pascal, Marc Lambron, Jean-Marie Rouart, Dany Laferrière. Presented by: Guillaume Durand.
Episode 20 Sep, 26 2019 06:08 pm
Paris The end of our long journey of discovery, exploring the French language around the world, is finally in sight. After a total of eighteen destinations and twenty hours of live broadcasts, "La Piste de la Francophonie" concludes in Paris with Guillaume Durand and his guests. Guests: Thomas Römer, Aurore Vincenti, Benguigui, Camille Pascal, Marc Lambron, Jean-Marie Rouart, Dany Laferrière. Presented by: Guillaume Durand.