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France 24 (pronounced France vingt-quatre [fʁɑ̃s vɛ̃tkatʁ]) on all three editions) is an international news and current affairs television channel. It started broadcasting on 6 December 2006.

Funded by the Frenchmarker government and based in Issy-les-Moulineaux, near Parismarker, the channel broadcasts world news. Currently it offers variants in English and Arabic in addition to French.

It is run by a partnership between Groupe TF1 and France Télévisionsmarker (including France 2 and France 3), with some programmes sourced from Agence France-Presse, Radio France Internationale, TV5MONDE, Arte, Euronews, and La Chaîne parlementaire. It is funded by France with an annual budget of approximately €80 million.

President Nicolas Sarkozy announced on 8 January 2008 that he was in favour of reducing France 24's programming to French only.


France 24 is broadcast on three channels: in French, in English, and in Arabic from 2pm to 12am Paris time (the rest of the time being in French or English depending on the viewer's location).

France 24's programming is divided more or less equally between news coverage and news magazines or special reports.

Along with 260 journalists of its own, France 24 can call on the resources of the two main French broadcasters (Groupe TF1 and France Télévisionsmarker) as well as partners such as AFP and RFI. The CEO of France 24 is Alain de Pouzilhac.From the 19th of May, FRANCE 24 unveiled a new schedule that prioritizes the morning and evening slots, anchored live by the network’s editorial staff. More programming space than ever before will go to business, sport, culture and studio discussion.

Programming List

  • The News
  • In The Papers
  • In The Weeklies
  • Business
  • The Business Interview
  • Beyond Business
  • The France 24 Interview
  • Environment
  • Face-Off
  • The France 24 Debate
  • Weather
  • Health
  • Fashion
  • Culture
  • World Generation
  • Lessons For the Future
  • Reporters
  • Top Story
  • Web News
  • Sport
  • Caring
  • The Week In Africa
  • The Week In Maghreb
  • The Week In Asia
  • The Week In Europe
  • The Week In the Americas
  • The Week In the Middle East
  • The Week In France
  • Markets
  • Opinions
  • Report
  • Lifestyle


Channel inception

The media's perception was that the channel was a brainchild of former president Jacques Chirac, famous for defending the position of the French language in the world, specifically versus the English domination in this media category.

Long-term goals

France 24 intends to give a different view of the news than the Anglophone BBC World News and CNN International. France 24 wants to put more emphasis on debate, dialogue and the role of cultural difference. It will also be competing with Deutsche Welle TV and the recently launched Al Jazeera English, Russia Today and Press TV news channels. The Arabic programming competes with Al Jazeera's and Russia Today's Arabic channels.

The French government allocated around €100 million for the project. The European Commissionmarker gave the green light to France 24 in June 2006, saying it did not breach European Union state aid rules.


France 24 is available by satellite to most of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, as well as by cable and antenna to New Yorkmarker and Washington, DCmarker. The French, English and Arabic channels are all available live on the France 24 website, broadcast en direct in Windows Media format. On 1 April 2007, the Irishmarker terrestrial channel TG4 began carrying retransmissions of France 24 overnight. Previously, it had retransmitted Euronews.France 24 is Also Available on Livestation

In 2007 France 24 started a VoD service on Virgin Media, allowing customers to access weekly news updates and programmes to watch when they choose.

A free application means that France 24 is also available live and VOD on mobile phones throughout the world. A specific website has also been designed for iPhone users.

In October 2009, France24 Relaunched its website, with a Complete Video Archive And A Pop-out Where you Can watch the 3 France 24 Channels in High Definition and with the ability to rewind the past 24 hours worth of programming.


  1. " Contact Us." France 24. Retrieved on 29 October 2009.
  2. La chaîne France 24 dans l'incertitude, Le Monde
  4. Inside France 24
  5. France launches News Channel, BBC News

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