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What on earth was that tv show I watched on French TV about a month ago?

What on earth was that tv show I watched on French TV about a month ago?

Old Apr 2nd, 2005, 02:12 PM
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What on earth was that tv show I watched on French TV about a month ago?

We were in Paris at the beginning of March and one evening while channel surfing I landed on a show and was transfixed.

It was a musical event, cast of about 20 which included every demographic of human being possible, HUGE audience all singing, swaying, weeping and obviously knew the show because they were doing all the arm motions in sync with the performers.

Among the various acts included a period piece in which the performers appeared to step out of picture frames, everyone singing and dancing with guitars, black/white pianos with similarly attired piano player and singer, babes in trench coats.

There were shots of the other entertainers backstage and singing along. Each act was introduced with banter between a couple of the other members of the cast. It was on for hours with rare commercial interruption.

What was I watching?!
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Old Apr 2nd, 2005, 02:25 PM
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Not sure but you may have been watching
Le Réstaurant du Coeur, called on the CDs, Les Enfoires. All the singers, some actors go on tour throughout France to raise money to feed the homeless. And, every year they will be shown on TV and the yearly Cds become available.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2005, 04:59 PM
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Thank you, a quick Google search confirmed your thought. So far I haven't found anything in English to give me more information about the whole thing; I see that it's been an annual event for 10 years.

What else do you know about it?
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Old Apr 2nd, 2005, 05:19 PM
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The "restos"as they are known where started by abn actor/comedian born of Italian immigrant family named Colucci. He changed his name to Coluche, professionally and started this program to help the poor as he once wasin 1985, they fed 8 million from their canteens and distrabution centers andf that figure, the last I heard raised to 85 million, Everyone of note contributes to the Cds(a great gift to bring back, not available here-I only have the 2000 3 CD box.)_ from johnny halliday, patricia kaas, jane birkin, actors Cathrine deneuve, desighners sinia rykiel and every pop star in France. They travel every year throughout france and the money goes to the feeding stations as well as proceeds from the Cds.
see if this old url still works.
www.restosducoeur.org
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Old Apr 2nd, 2005, 05:28 PM
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Sorry for all the typos but anyone, buy them, the CDs, in France to support the poor. All the years that these recordings are produced give a wealth of French talent.
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Michel Coluche, also declared his candidacy for the presidency. At first his declaration was taken as one of his humorist jokes; then suddenly the polls put his rating as high as 16% thus leaving the political candidates bewildered. The man had just occupied the entire political space; he had stolen the show so to speak. But it was not too long the politicians got their act together; they brought the political debate from the simplistic humorous perspective to serious national and international issues, the best political agenda to tackle them and who represented that agenda. Soon the pressure was on Michel Coluche; it was not too long he withdrew from the race, but he had already made the point: people regained interest in real national issues, in real solutions and in real politicians capable of carrying out the national agenda. Coluche – a school dropout at age 13 - and a man from a very modest social background, simple, honest and generous like George Oppong Weah, maintained his popularity intact to a point that he even founded the now famous “Restos du Coeur” (Restaurants of the Heart), a local NGO that today feeds thousands of homeless and poor during the winter season. Unfortunately though, almost at the eve of the next presidential elections (after general deception and political apathy from six years of socialist communist coalition experiment in power), Michel Coluche died tragically in June 1986 (as the story went, a truck ran into him on his motor bike or he ran into the truck).

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For the record, Coluche is part of the ten "Greatest French people of all times", a TV show bought from the British original concept. On Monday we will know in which order the public has ranked these ten people. No big suspense though: it is very likely that de Gaulle will win hands down.
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Maybe it was Star Academy? Do you remember the channel?
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For a funny article about this "Top 10" list, go to:

http://www.metropoleparis.com/012bistr.html

Some excerpts:

"The French are constantly being polled so they have become accomplished liars. According to the official history surrounding this affair, exactly 1038 of them were asked to pick their 'top heros' last September. Fortunately 2076 names were proposed, so that a master list of 100 major personalities could be composed and from this the top ten were selected, to be put in numerical order from one to ten, somehow.
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The main problem with choosing one 'true hero' from the top ten list is that the other 90 candidates are excluded. This is at odds with French democracy, which usually stipulates that elections have two rounds – one to get rid of the riff–raff, and the final when the knives come out.
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For another example, there is Louis XIV sitting at place number 50, exactly halfway between one and 100. Famous for building Versailles because he was scared of the Parisians, famous for his toilet, famous for living a long time and getting taxes collected on time, Louis 'Le Roi Soleil' Bourbon was a very big hat in French history. Too bad we can't vote for him.
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The top ten list, alphabetically, runs like this: Abbé Pierre, Bourvil, Coluche, Jacques–Yves Cousteau, Marie Curie, Charles de Gaulle, Victor Hugo, Molière, Louis Pasteur and Edith Piaf."

For more, go to "Le plus grand Français" at:
http://programmes.france2.fr/leplusg...8709130-fr.php

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