&788/ TV Worldwide: France (Revisited)

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Vive la liberté?

Well, not when it comes to French TV on YouTube.

Back on November 25, 2007 we had no embedded content, but only links to three clips from broadcaster France 4, which are all disabled as of today. Compare that with the USA!

From Taiwan to Australia - late 2007 to 2008 - counting down for the winter and following summer term x-cultural communication lectures T-22 to T-1. Some of the TV channels published into YouTube channels two years ago. Some of the YouTube channels have been disabled since then. Much of the material on still existing channels has disappeared. In any case, most of the videos are history. My favorite reason is: This video contains content which has been blocked in your country on copyright grounds. Bye-bye, world. Welcome, one-horse-town!

Trying to revive a series: Building x-cultural awareness: Watch TV, identify cultural stereotypes, accept differences, and develop a foundation to overcome them.

A short history of modern France, citing Wikipedia on July 14, 2010: "The first historical records appear in the Iron Age, when what is now France made up the bulk of the region known as Gaul to the ancient Greeks and Romans. Greek and Roman writers noted the presence of three main ethno-linguistic groups in the area, the Gauls, the Aquitani, and the Belgae. The Gauls, the largest and best attested group, were a Celtic people speaking what is known as the Gaulish language. Over the course of the first millennium BC the Greeks, Romans, and Carthaginians established colonies on the Mediterranean coast and the offshore islands. The Roman Republic annexed southern Gaul as the province of Gallia Narbonensis in the late 2nd century BC, and Roman forces under Julius Caesar conquered the rest of Gaul in the Gallic Wars of 58-51 BC. Afterward a Gallo-Roman culture emerged and Gaul was increasingly integrated into the Roman Empire.

In the later stages of the Roman Empire, Gaul was subject to barbarian raids and migration, most importantly by the Germanic Franks. The Frankish king Clovis I united most of Gaul under his rule in the late 5th century, setting the stage for Frankish dominance in the region for hundreds of years. Frankish power reached its fullest extent under Charlemagne. The medieval Kingdom of France emerged out of the western part of Charlemagne's Carolingian Empire, known as West Francia, and achieved increasing prominence under the rule of the House of Capet, founded by Hugh Capet in 987. A succession crisis following the death of the last Capetian monarch in 1337 led to the series of conflicts known as the Hundred Years War between the House of Valois and the House of Plantagenet. The wars ended with a Valois victory in 1453, solidifying the power of the Ancien Régime as a highly centralized absolute monarchy. During the next centuries, France experienced the Renaissance and the Protestant Reformation, as well as recurring religious conflicts and wars with other powers. In the late 18th century the monarchy and associated institutions were overthrown in the French Revolution, which forever changed French and world history. The country was governed for a period as a Republic, until the French Empire was declared by Napoleon Bonaparte. Following Napoleon's defeat in the Napoleonic Wars France went through several further regime changes, being ruled as a monarchy, then briefly as a republic, and then as a Second Empire, until a more lasting Third French Republic was established in 1870."

France Télévisions group is France's public national television broadcaster. They host channels on pluzz.fr - les sites du groupe France Télévisions. Watch TV!

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