A long-time friend of this blog emailed asking how come I hadn’t posted much on France for the past couple of months.
The main reason is that I’ve been out of town, first in Florida and then in California, and have been catching up with a couple of other projects.
But another reason is that most of my commentary was centered around how French government-owned channel France2 sees American news, and France2 now doesn’t allow Americans to watch their TV broadcasts at their website. If you go to 20 Heures/Le Journal (the evening news), you get a message that reads,
Because it is only accessible to the countries that are active members of the EBU.
WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR UNDERSTANDING
I suppose us non-members are expected to watch the filtered-for-foreign-consumption version at France 24. Bear in mind that France24, Chirac’s brainchild, was set up to present “a positive image of France” to the world.