WATCH THE US PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION ON TF1 NEWS BULLETINS
It’s an election like no other, so TF1’s news staff are fully mobilized.
Four teams of reporters have joined resident correspondents Catherine Jentile de Canecaude and Amandine Atalaya to get as close as possible to the campaign action, explore the key issues and listen to voters from both camps.
Anne-Claire Coudray’s American weekend
On 23, 24 and 25 October, our weekend bulletins are going Stateside.
Evening bulletins will feature three special 10-minute segments, crossing the USA from east to west to help viewers understand the issues behind an election that is unique in American history.
Racial divisions, the seaboard states versus the Midwest, climate sceptics versus supporters of a greener America: Anne-Claire Coudray visits Atlanta, Denver and Los Angeles to meet an electorate that has never been so divided.
During this exceptional weekend, all our key segments come from across the Atlantic, showing every facet of American life:
• The ”Week-End in…” segment visits Cape Cod, in the footsteps of the Kennedy clan
• The ”Zoom” segment focuses on Texas, from Dallas to the Mexican border
• The ”Quatre à table” food slot features Cajun cuisine
• ”Made in USA” looks at the iconic Fender guitar
• The ”Demain” and “Info/Infox” (true vs fake news) segments will also come from the USA
And at 8pm every Sunday from 18 September to 1 October, Axel Monnier takes us on a journey down the Mississippi, from Saint-Louis to New Orleans, with a highly political route map.
Gilles Bouleau’s evening news
As the election approaches, the “Ma ville” (“My City”) segment, shown every week in Gilles Bouleau’s evening bulletin since the start of September, also shifts Stateside for the whole of October. Amandine Atalaya illustrates the key campaign issues through the eyes of a city, and its voters and political leaders.
Starting on 6 October in Texas with the theme “My city is on the border”, she then moves on to Oregon (“My city and the race issue”), Nebraska (“My city is suffering from climate change”) and Ohio (“My city is blue-collar”).
On the day of the vote (Tuesday 3 November) and the results (Wednesday 4 November), Gilles Bouleau’s evening bulletins will include two Special Reports, featuring our special correspondents and experts from our news team.
Jean-Pierre Pernaut’s lunchtime news
On Wednesday 4 November, Jean-Pierre Pernaut will host an election results special, where he will be joined by the head of our news service Guillaume Debré for analysis and reactions to the results.
FOLLOW THE ELECTION ON LCI AND LCI.FR TOO
In March, Super Tuesday fired the starting gun on the US electoral campaign. Ever since, LCI has been at the forefront of French coverage.
With just one month left, the TF1 group’s rolling news channel is mobilising extra resources so viewers can follow the closing stages of this unique electoral race.
Follow the election on 3 November from LCI’s Washington studio
As Americans go to the polls on 3 November, the TF1 group’s rolling news channel is relocating its studio to just a few metres from the White House in Washington.
Julien Arnaud will host America Night on Tuesday 3 November, followed by a special breakfast show on Wednesday 4 November hosted by Pascale de La Tour du Pin.
Julien and Pascale will be joined in the studio by experts on US politics: pundits, and LCI journalists and consultants.
Watch the presidential debates on LCI
LCI was the first French news channel to announce that it would be broadcasting the first Biden/Trump head-to-head and the debates between their running mates Kamala Harris and Mike Pence, and would screen any further presidential and vice-presidential debates in the run-up to the 3 November election.
On the night of 15/16 October (subject to confirmation): Joe Biden takes on Donald Trump for a second time in a TV debate broadcast live from Florida on LCI, starting at 3am Paris time.
On the night of 22/23 October: The final Biden/Trump debate, just days ahead of the vote.
LCI teams on the ground in the USA and Paris
LCI will have teams on the ground delivering comprehensive coverage of the race for the White House.
Laurence Haïm (LCI journalist and consultant) and Magali Barthes (LCI foreign affairs journalist and special correspondent) will be in Washington from 24 October to present reportage and insight on the key campaign issues, and to give us first-hand experience of election day and results. They will also feature in regular split-screen interviews from the USA on the LCI channel (Channel 26).
Before she leaves for Washington, Laurence Haïm will appear regularly on LCI. So will Magali Barthes, presenting the “Good Morning America“ segment every morning in Pascale de La Tour du Pin’s breakfast show (6.00-8.30 am).
LCI will also be featuring analysis from seasoned America-watcher Jean-Eric Branaa throughout the campaign and on election day.
360° US election coverage
LCI viewers and web users can also follow the campaign online at lci.fr and across its entire ecosystem, including a dedicated US election news feed to catch up with all the news team’s reports and articles any time, anywhere.
US election newsletter
Laurence Haïm, one of France’s leading US-based correspondents during the Obama presidency, will write a special newsletter for lci.fr with behind-the-scenes analysis of the election campaign.
Dedicated native podcast
The big new arrival in the native podcasts offer from the TF1 group’s news team is “Far West”, in which host Magali Barthes revisits the concerns of American voters in an unprecedented campaign conducted against the backdrop of the coronavirus crisis.
Catch up with the podcast on lci.fr or on all the streaming platforms.
SPECIAL PROGRAMMING ON HISTOIRE TV
HISTOIRE TV, the TF1 group’s dedicated history channel, offers previously unscreened insights into the US election.
TRUMPLAND (45 minutes)
Wednesday 14 October at 8.40 pm – French TV premiere
(repeated Monday 2 November at 10.25 pm and Tuesday 3 November at 9.05 am, available on catch-up for 60 days)
The unashamedly racist demonstrations of America’s alt-right, which broke into the collective consciousness with the Charlottesville rallies in 2017, coincided with Donald Trump’s presidential campaign and election. In this documentary, writer Angela Nagle investigates the rise of this racist and misogynist movement, the part played not only by Trump but also the American Left in its explosive growth, and the political and social forces that surround it. (French title: Le Monde de Trump)
WATCH PEOPLE YOU MAY KNOW (96 minutes)
Wednesday 14 October at 9.35 pm – French TV premiere
(repeated Monday 2 November at 11.10 pm and Tuesday 3 November at 9.50 am, available on catch-up for 60 days)
A documentary about Charles Kriel, special advisor on disinformation to the UK Parliament, as he discovers Cambridge Analytica collaborating with American churches to create a micro-targeting platform aimed at radicalising vulnerable people into far-right political parties. Travelling across his native America, he uncovers a powerful organisation with links to the White House. (French title: Vous connaissez peut-être)
AMERICA’S GREAT DIVIDE: FROM OBAMA TO TRUMP (4 x 52-minute episodes)
Wednesdays 21 and 28 October at 8.40 pm – French TV premiere
(repeated Tuesday 3 November starting 3.20 pm, available on catch-up for 60 days)
As the 2020 election campaign begins, America is a deeply divided nation. A decade that began with a president promising national unity is ending with the impeachment of his successor and an electorate more divided than at any time since the Civil War. How did America get there?
“America’s Great Divide: From Obama To Trump” takes a comprehensive look at the politics that has torn Americans apart over the last decade and where it leaves the nation today, on the eve of the elections. The documentary traces the rise of a toxic political culture that has paralysed Washington and hugely widened the gulf between Americans. (French title: La fracture américaine, d’Obama à Trump).
AMERICA’S HIDDEN STORIES (8 x 52-minute episodes)
Every Sunday at 8.40 pm, from 11 October to 1 November – French TV premiere
(French title: Une petite histoire de l’Amérique)
RONALD REAGAN: A CUSTOM MADE PRESIDENT (52 minutes)
Friday 23 October at 8.40 pm
(French title: Ronald Reagan, un président sur mesure)
FROST/NIXON (122 minutes)
Ron Howard’s feature film starring Frank Langella, Michael Sheen and Sam Rockwell
Thursday 29 October, at 8.40 pm