On board a nuclear-powered submarine
On board the Vigilant, one of France's 4 nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarines, men and women are working in the greatest secrecy.
This ultra-sophisticated vessel is capable of diving to a depth of 400 meters and staying undetected for several months.
Its highly qualified and trained crew regularly embarks on missions in real conditions.
BEAUTY AND THE BEACH [26x52’]
Life changing cosmetic surgery in world-class accommodations
In Thailand, leading surgeons perform plastic surgery operations in world-class hospitals, and patients are pampered in luxurious five-star hotels.
In this series, we follow people determined to change their lives taking all sorts of available options: boob jobs for young and old, mother and daughter bridezilla packages, hen’s parties, extreme foot, and hand makeovers, dental implant tours, sex changes, post-baby mummy makeovers, male breast reduction, liposuction, labiaplasty, booty lifts...
These operations, long out of reach for the global masses, are now no longer the preserve of the rich and famous.
CALAIS MUNICIPAL POLICE, HUNTING THE DELIQUENTS [52’]
The city of Calais is where all illegal migrants wanting to cross over to Great Britain congregate. On top of this added burden, the city faces many structural problems. The poverty rate currently stands at 30% and night-time disturbances and other crimes linked to excessive alcohol consumption are on the rise.
Between street brawls, domestic violence, drug trafficking, and traffic offenses, the city authorities have had to reinforce security.
The municipal police and its 28 officers are on the front line. They patrol year-round to keep an eye on the inhabitants. When summer comes, the seaside becomes very busy and the scene of many excesses.
CAMP TWITCH [52’]
An event that brings together young people with Tourette Syndrome
Life with Tourette’s is no picnic. It’s an incurable genetic neurological disorder causing uncontrollable verbal outbursts and physical movements (called tics) that develop in childhood. Some have frequent outbursts of highly socially inappropriate swearing that they have no control over.
In this film, we follow five young with Tourette Syndrome who take part in this annual event, called Camp Twitch, together with 115 attendees. For most of them, this is the first time that they meet someone with the same affliction.
They come here to celebrate their uniqueness and achieve things they never thought possible.
CHATEAUBRIANT, EMERGENCY MEDICINE IN THE COUNTRYSIDE [52’]
Paramedics on the verge
Chateaubriant is a municipality in the East of France where the lack of doctors is a serious issue. Indeed, one must drive long distances to consult a practitioner. Henceforth, the Chateaubriant hospital emergency unit has no room for error.
Each intervention by the paramedics is a race against the clock and the doctors, nurses, and orderlies must adapt to the most atypical situations.
CHRISTMAS MAGIC IN VENICE [40’]
The most enchanting setting
Venice offers the most enchanting setting to spend the festive season.
FREE AND HAIRY [52’]
Hair is undesirable, an intruder banished from the glossy images of magazines, nowhere to be seen in the movies or in ads, taboo in our daily lives.
In a society that is changing day by day, how is the perception of hair evolving?
FROM COURIER TO MODEL, THE JOBS DURING FASHION WEEK [46’]
During the famous Fashion Week, all eyes are on Paris.
For the occasion, 1,500 journalists from over 50 countries are accredited. Young designers present their first collection. Fashion houses make their comeback. First-time models find themselves under the blinding flashes of the photographers.
And then, there are those who don’t see the limelight but are no less essential, such as the caterers or the couriers, because they too participate in the smooth running of this crazy week.
GHB, SATURDAY NIGHT FEAR [30’]
The date-rape drug
Panis is reaching the nightclubs. Mysterious injections have raised fears that GHB, the notorious date-rape drug that appeared in the 1990s, is making a comeback. Victims rendered unconscious remember nothing.
How to protect oneself and find the culprits when the drug disappears from the bloodstream in a few hours?
This drug is also used at parties where some people seek its "coma" effect.
GOLDEN SPOON, THE CHEF IS THE WOMAN [52’]
Making headways in gastronomy
More and more women chefs, such as Hélène Darroze or Anne-Sophie Pic, are shining in the kitchen, but they are still outnumbered by their male counterparts.
The "Golden Spoon" competition is specifically aimed at them.
There are 32 participants, professionals, and amateurs, who face off in the only competition reserved for women and which is a great success with the major actors of French gastronomy.
HOLIDAY CENTRERS, A STONE'S THROW FROM HOME [30’]
The new trendy destinations
Leisure centers offer thrills, outdoor activities, and a holiday feeling.
Attendance has risen by 20% over the last five years and promoters are always looking for new ways to attract ever more customers and make them stay as long as possible.
Will leisure centers become the new trendy destinations for cheap holidays close to home?
INFLATION, THE LOW BLOWS OF THE HYPERMARKETS [52’]
While inflation is hurting the consumer everywhere, this film is an investigation into the large retailers where a code of silence reigns for fear of reprisals.
A representative of an international food brand has agreed to secretly record his negotiations where all tricks seem to be allowed.
The suppliers themselves are not to be outdone when it comes to finding new ways to preserve their margins, like changing packaging or weight for instance.
LOCAL GROCERY SHOPS [80’]
The new country lovers' habits
Recently, new country lovers are multiplying. Villages that were once deserted are being born again thanks to these city dwellers in search of a greener environment.
But these newcomers are used to having local shops.
How do grocery stores and other merchants manage to meet the demand?
LOW COST FLIGHT, IS IT ALWAYS A GOOD DEAL? [30’]
The ticket is only the first expense
Low-cost airlines are opening more routes. It is now possible to make a round trip between France and New York for less than 400€.
To ensure their margins, these companies charge for almost every service: hold luggage, but also cabin luggage, meals on board, and, during the flight, the staff is encouraged to offer other products.
LUXURY REAL ESTATE [28’]
Looking to upgrade
Luxury real estate is breaking all records in France. With the pandemic and the lockdowns, the place of residence has become more important than ever, and wealthy buyers are ready to invest to upgrade.
This trend is as true in the capital as it is in seaside resorts or in the countryside, as these destinations are also benefiting from the widespread adoption of remote working.
The battle is raging all the more as supply is falling while demand is rising.
MONTENEGRO, THE NEW SAINT TROPEZ OF THE BALKANS [31’]
The new destination for billionaires
Majestic mountains plunging into the Adriatic Sea, dreamy coves, and a 26°C water temperature. In just three years, Montenegro, a small Balkan country with barely 700,000 inhabitants, has become the new destination for billionaires.
High-end hotels, a marina to harbor more than 400 mega-yachts, restaurants, luxury boutiques, and jet-set parties: Montenegro is multiplying its efforts to seduce tourists with comfortable bank accounts.
What did Montenegro do to become the hippest tourist resort? Who is behind this newly fashionable destination?
NEVER WITHOUT MY DAUGHTER [90’]
A family torn apart
One day, Nina, 4 years old, disappears.
Her mother is left without any news for a year and a half.
Nina has been kidnapped by her father, a South Korean national who absconded to his country.
The return of the world's largest festival
Oktoberfest is the world's largest popular festival. It attracts nearly six million tourists who come to Munich, Germany, with their families or friends.
It is a gigantic event that covers more than 100 hectares with 120 crazy carousels and, more importantly, giant tents, some of which can fit ten thousand people who sing and dance without restraint holding one-liter mugs of beer.
PARKING IN PARIS THE HUNT FOR CARS [52’]
The impossible quest for free space
Parking in Paris has become a nightmare ever since the municipality has targeted cars.
There are only 140,000 parking spaces available for 500,000 vehicles that pass through the streets of the capital every day. And the figure is diminishing every year.
The search for free space puts drivers' nerves to the test.
PURCHASING POWER, MAKING A SUCCESS OF THE NEW SCHOOL YEAR [13’]
Tricks for challenging times
Food. Energy. Soaring prices are affecting all sectors.
This film offers tips on how to reduce the cost of essential products in these challenging times.
ROSEWOOD, INSIDE THE WORLD'S CRAZIEST HOTEL [52’]
Cidade Matarazzo, the future ideal city
In Brazil, a city like no other is being built. Connected, green, sustainable, responsible, and self-sufficient, Cidade Matarazzo could well become the ideal city.
The project was born out of Alexandre Allard's love affair with a former maternity hospital that had been abandoned since 1933 and is part of São Paulo's historical heritage. He imagined a 5-hectare Eldorado that would bring together several spaces: the first 6-star hotel in South America, a tower with ultra-luxury flats, a market, more than thirty restaurants, and a space dedicated to creativity and Brazilian art.
The buildings are taking shape thanks to internationally renowned architects: Jean Nouvel, Rudy Ricciotti, and star designer Philippe Starck.
SALE REPRESENTATIVE [90’]
The secrets to closing deals
Traveling salesmen drive all day long to sell windows, roller shutters, or solar panels.
This film reveals their secrets and tricks to convince their potential customers.
SALES IN LONDON [52’]
In London, the sales start on Boxing Day, the day after Christmas. This tradition attracts tourists from all over the world.
During this time, it is not only the department stores like Harrods but the whole city that lives to the rhythm of bargains.
Hotels, restaurants, and taxis all benefit from this financial windfall.
SALES IN NEW YORK [52’]
Department stores and small shops
New York is famous throughout the world for its skyscrapers, but the city also attracts tourists for its iconic Manhattan department stores, such as Macy's, and its thousands of small boutiques at the forefront of fashion.
SECOND HOME [2x90’]
A universal dream
Family villa, small house in the countryside, a flat with an ocean view.
With 3.3 million units, France is the world champion of second homes, and everyone dreams of owning one.
THE CURSED FOREST [13’]
It is a very destination for hikers, but in recent years strange disappearances have been reported.
What mystery does the Boscodon forest hide?
THE EIFFEL TOWER, A HELLISH PLACE FOR THE RESIDENTS [13’]
The dark side of the "iron lady"
The area around the Eiffel Tower has become synonymous with insecurity, with touts, pickpockets, and all kinds of trafficking.
The local police are stepping up their patrols to appease the residents.
THE FLAMES OF PARADISE [52’]
The scourge of the Mediterranean forests
In the distant past, fire was seen as a development tool for societies, but in recent decades it has become a real scourge for Mediterranean forests and for mankind.
On the island of Corsica, the foresters and firefighters are multiplying prevention operations by clearing undergrowth or by prescribed burns.
Thanks to these men the danger remains limited.
THE FRANCO-SPANISH BORDER, A LAWLESS ZONE [52’]
The biggest crime hub in Europe
The Franco-Spanish border runs for 623 kilometers, from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic Ocean and along the Pyrenees Mountain range.
Although the border posts have disappeared since Spain joined the Schengen area, it is still a highly guarded line since it harbors the biggest crime hub in Europe.
THE GHOST HUNTER [52’]
At the age of 2, Tom is already different. He doesn't make eye contact, has a language delay, has inexplicable fits, and has a passion for kitchen whips which he plays with for hours. Tom is my son.
After a series of examinations, the diagnosis is made: Tom has an autism spectrum disorder. This marks the beginning of a protracted battle.
Speech and psychomotor therapists as well as child psychiatrists see him every week to help him move forward. Surprisingly, his language improves significantly. He starts school accompanied by a dedicated assistant and even though he doesn’t play with the other children and is allergic to mathematics, "he manages".
THE HECTIC LIVES OF WOMEN FARMERS [2x52’]
Today, women represent nearly one third of the agricultural sector in France, compared to 8% in 1970.
Whether they are market gardeners, breeders or farmers, they are also mothers, sometimes at the head of a large family.
How do they juggle the endless hours with their role as full-time mothers?
THE KINGS OF THE NIGHT [52’]
Innovation in the partying industry
Until now, the trendy parties in Paris gathered hundreds of people in nightclubs. However today, to attract an ever more demanding clientele, organizers must innovate.
Nowadays, more and more parties take place on boats, on beaches, or in private mansions.
This film takes us behind the scenes of an industry that is reinventing itself.
TRUCKERS, A DAILY LIFE UNDER HIGH TENSION [52’]
A rattled profession
More than 600,000 lorries crisscross the roads of France. Even if the drivers are passionate about their work, their profession is now under pressure.
In addition to the frantic pace of work, there is competition from foreign truckers. To try to limit the damage, a special unit monitors and controls the vehicles.
In this sometimes explosive world, women are beginning to emerge. They now represent 10% of the workforce.
VITRY FIRE BRIGADE, TENSE INTERVENTIONS [52’]
Save or perish
To save or to perish is the motto of the Paris Fire Brigade (PFB), an elite corps of 8,500 men and women. The PFB intervenes in the chic districts of Paris as well as in the heated suburbs.
One of the most active brigades is stationed 4 km from Paris, where activity is at its peak all year round. This suburb of 100,000 inhabitants is ridden with poverty, precariousness, unemployment, and its share of violence.
This film follows the firefighters of this elite corps, from car accidents to personal rescue.
WHAT IF YOU BOUGHT YOUR HOLIDAYS AT THE SUPERMARKET? [30’]
Fun without breaking the bank
In recent years, large retailers have become major players in the travel sector and now represent 20% of the market.
They offer holidays at unbeatable prices, with discounts of up to 70%, and more and more people trust them.
In addition, leisure centers are multiplying. These multi-activity sites, which allow people to have fun close to home at a low cost, are becoming increasingly popular.