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Entertainment, Media and Television for Expats in France

Submitted: October 2013

There is no reason to ever be bored in France. The French are imbued with a joie de vivre that is undeniable. Simply put, the French know how to spend their leisure time and indeed revel in it.


France has a very vibrant nightlife. France offers a great mix of relaxed but lively bar scenes to roaring nightclubs where the party doesn’t stop until 5.00 am. If you are in Paris then you should definitely make the effort to see a Cabaret show which is traditionally served with Champagne and a meal. Le Lido in Paris is located on the Champs- Elysées and is one of the more popular cabarets. Other must-sees cabarets take place at historic venues such as Le Moulin Rouge and Le Crazy Horse.

For the jazz lover, France is the perfect place to enjoy jazz music. For a guide to the jazz festivals taking place in France, the website https://jazzfests.net/countries/?country=fr is particularly useful.

Wine Tours

Another good way to pass the time is on a wine tour. Wine varies according to the region. From Bordeaux to Burgundy, Alsace to Champagne, a vineyard is easily accessible in France. Most towns have very informative tourism offices, which you can visit in order to obtain more details on wine tours. The best time to visit is around harvest time, which usually takes place around September but can start in August.


In France you have the opportunity to enjoy film produced both within France and outside of France. While American film dominates the market (they are usually dubbed in French), it is still possible to enjoy authentic French cinema while in France.

If you would like more ideas on how to fill your leisure time in France then https://www.lonelyplanet.com/france/activities is a great place to get ideas.


Firstly it is worth noting that if you intend to have a Television set in your home, you would need to pay for a TV License. This TV license is called la redevance audiovisuelle and is payable with the Tax d’habitation (French Residence Tax)

There are six major networks on French broadcast television. Each channel has offers something different.  You can receive these channels through a standard aerial.  Similar to freeview in England, there is TNT in France. Télévision Numérique Terrestre (TNT) provides free digital TV in France and coverage is almost nationwide. In order to set it up you will need an aerial and a television with a built in decoder. TNT is also available by Satellite.  For information on whether your area has TNT coverage visit the website https://www.recevoirlatnt.fr/. There are over 20 free Channels on TNT. For information on how to receive TNT by satellite visit the website https://www.tntsat.tv/tnt-sat-decodeur-materiel-installation/tnt-sat-comment-ca-marche.htm. You can access a daily programme guide here at https://www.tvnt.net/tv. If you are interested in even more Television Channels, many Internet service provide Cable packages for TV.

Radio Stations in France are numerous and are available over both am and fm frequencies. Stations vary according to the region. The growing popularity of Internet and digital radio means that you should be able to access your favourite radio stations online.

France offers a number of newspapers choices. The major daily newspapers are Le Figaro and Le Monde. Other popular dailies include L’équipe and Metro. If you want to receive your news paperless, most of the major papers have an online site. For a complete guide to the press in France, the following website is helpful https://www.press-directory.com/.



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