petite anglaise

April 27, 2007


Filed under: book stuff — petiteanglaiseparis @ 9:12 am

Would any of my kind readers be willing to record the Journal Télévisé de 20H on TF1 on Saturday and Sunday and let me have a copy? A film crew are on their way – how much shall we bet that I am asked to stand chatting in the kitchen while making a cup of tea? – and I will no doubt end up being one of those end fillers that provide light entertainment after all the serious presidential election talk. But I’m not 100% sure which day it will be broadcast.

Clearly if anyone is savvy enough to pop the segment on YouTube, that would be even better, so I can link to it here.

I’ll just go back to my quaking now. I hate cameras. I hate video cameras even more. And obviously it’s in French. Eeek.


  1. Can somebody subtitle it too then please?

    Because unless you’re going to be saying “pardon madame, je suis une croissant verte” I’ll be a bit stuck.

    Drink some brandy before they arrive. Actually, no, don’t. Stupid idea.

    Comment by Annie Rhiannon — April 27, 2007 @ 9:20 am

  2. It’s a bit early for me – but that would probably help.

    Comment by petite — April 27, 2007 @ 9:22 am

  3. Hello Petite
    This is where we discover how many of your readers are based in France. TF1 doesn’t reach Berkshire, unfortunately. Thanks to long wave, I have been able to listen to France Inter and Europe 1 recently, but no TV. And no French edition of Glamour either (sniff). Best wishes to Tadpole for quick healing. You did very well on Richard & Judy, you will be fine for this as well.
    Good luck

    Comment by Pierre L — April 27, 2007 @ 9:38 am

  4. Oh wow! That is so exciting! I wish you a brilliant night’s sleep beforehand.

    Comment by Milk & 2 Sugars — April 27, 2007 @ 9:39 am

  5. Glamour involved lots of posed shots hanging around near avenue de Junot, and lashings of foliage. Like this. I’ll get round to scanning it for the press page, eventually…

    Comment by petite — April 27, 2007 @ 9:46 am

  6. merde, chérie!

    I will be so impressed if one of your tech-savvy readers is able to get it up on YouTube. The mechanics of its are utterly beyond me. If anyone wants to explain it to me je suis preneuse.

    Comment by maitresse — April 27, 2007 @ 9:47 am

  7. Oh yes, please! My son works in London and I am trying to get him to look for that magazine, but not having much luck. That’s a lovely picture.

    Comment by Pierre L — April 27, 2007 @ 9:50 am

  8. Pierre L. – I live in Cheshire and I can get TF1 (not wishing to boast!) and all the other free French channels. All you need is an analogue receiver and a satellite dish – set your satellite dish up in the direction of the Hotbird satellite (I think that’s the one – but a quick search on the web should find the location anyway) and Bob’s your uncle – as they say! The analog signal is broadcast to cover the whole of France and coincidentally covers quite a bit of the UK too (I think it’s beamed down in a big circle!). We bought our satellite receiver in France – so all the frequencies for the French channels were pre-saved and we didn’t need to fiddle around trying to find them – better than paying one of these companies I’ve seen that claim to be able to get you French tele but just end up charging you a fortune to get TV5 (& who wants that!). Sorry to hijack this post! If you need any advice let me know – happy to help!

    Comment by Mungo — April 27, 2007 @ 10:07 am

  9. Hello Mungo. Thanks for the advice. I have been trying to avoid having a satellite dish, but with the great analog switch off, and the fact that we don’t officially have a Freeview signal, I may well be forced to go that way. But we must stop this two-way conversation or Petite will be really fed up with us! Sorry Petite.

    Comment by Pierre L — April 27, 2007 @ 10:18 am

  10. The filler after the serious election stuff? What if it turns into headline news – “Top blogger in foul-mouthed anti-Sarkozy rant”?!

    Comment by Hywel Mallett — April 27, 2007 @ 10:37 am

  11. Blimey! Good luck with the cameras. I wonder if they’ll have you use a particular type of tea?

    Unfortunately I don’t good enough reception on my TV/computer set up (that I still don’t really know how to use) but fingers crossed that you’ll find someone.

    Comment by JChevais — April 27, 2007 @ 10:43 am

  12. Hi Petite,
    Once upon at time my family and I appeared on telematin (I was 8 at the time, not very awake at that time in the morning and really not in any state to be put infront of a camera – oh the shame!) anyway the point is that the tv company gave us a video of the show afterwards, so you could always ask TF1 for a copy afterwards.
    Also a heads up, I noticed you got press coverage in Le Figaro on Wednesday this week. Your case could even become an official precedent – fancy!!
    Anyway hope it all goes well.

    Comment by missK — April 27, 2007 @ 10:57 am

  13. Isn’t the JT available on TF1’s site, at least for a few days? I watch it occasionally, so unless they’ve recently removed it, it should be there.

    Comment by Amélie — April 27, 2007 @ 11:08 am

  14. Oooo, I’ve got to remember to watch! I’m sure you’ll be great, Petite. Have a great weekend beforehand. And with all this election talk going on around us, it will be nice to have a refreshing Petite break! :)

    Comment by Alice — April 27, 2007 @ 11:14 am

  15. For the rest of us, we might be able to get the Journal Televise online–I am not sure if they put the entire broadcast on, but they definitely have at least clips!

    I second the YouTube motion.

    Comment by Elisa — April 27, 2007 @ 11:15 am

  16. Les archives des journaux de 20h sont toutes disponibles en intégralité sur le site
    Tf1 est très à droite, ultra sarkozyste, il vaut mieux être diplomate pour avoir un bon reportage.

    Comment by En Passant — April 27, 2007 @ 11:24 am

  17. Fab Glamour shot BTW! Wish I had recording equipment here but I’ll try to remember to watch if I’m here both nights; it will be a good test of my French to see how much I actually understand.

    Comment by The Bold Soul — April 27, 2007 @ 11:55 am

  18. Well, you are quite the celebrity, Petite. Just relax and let it happen or lay back and think of England. he he.
    I hope somebody records and posts it for us antipodeans on the other side of the world. Wouldn’t miss it for quids.

    Comment by AussieGil — April 27, 2007 @ 12:17 pm

  19. Okies I will ,)

    But i doubt my english is good enought to subtile it hehe

    Too bad it’s not France2… cause they have all the news online …

    Maybe TF1 has the same…

    Anyway will program saturday and sunday

    If not there keep on recording for some more days ?

    Comment by Thierry_J — April 27, 2007 @ 12:21 pm

  20. Oh my God. You realise you’d better think of something intelligent to say about the election and how the English see it? Because the French will not want to imagine that the rest of the world is not quite as interested in this as they are.
    Sorry I can’t record the news, my VCR has never been the same since my youngest son put a toy car inside. I may have aggravated matters somewhat by trying to force in a video after the car (which I hadn’t noticed) muttering “what’s wrong with this bloody thing now” thereby rending any damage which *might* have been temporary, irreparable. I’ll keep my fingers crossed that someone out there will YouTube it.
    Bonne émission…(sorry but I couldn’t resist, I wanted to wish you bon passage but thought better of it)

    Comment by suziboo — April 27, 2007 @ 12:46 pm

  21. You look gorgeous. No wonder the guys are beating down your door ….. Have now added it to my fave pictures.

    Much luck x

    Comment by Jez — April 27, 2007 @ 1:27 pm

  22. I can record it for you on my Freebox (loving the hard drive recorder!) but I don’t know if I can then post it online? If anybody knows how let me know and I’ll set it up tonight

    Comment by Vicki in Nice — April 27, 2007 @ 1:29 pm

  23. Maybe you should consider attending one of those “how to present yourself on tv” courses. You look like a poor frightened lapin on the More4 clip.

    I’m sure you’ll do well, being gorgeous an’ all ;)

    Comment by oxo — April 27, 2007 @ 1:55 pm

  24. Sorry in Bangalore! Hope someone will record. Try imagining the people naked, it’s meant to help you feel better. Should help you smile. And a smile releases endomorphines, thus helping you relax.

    Comment by roberta collins — April 27, 2007 @ 2:03 pm

  25. oxo – the More4 thing was horrible. I was sitting in front of a blue screen with an earpiece in, I couldn’t see the presenter even on a screen, and no-one gave me the faintest idea what they were going to ask…and then they really put me on the spot. I squirmed. Literally.

    I think I did better on Richard and Judy. I must stick that on YouTube sometime, I have it on a DVD.

    But yes, media training might be nice. I turned down the chance to appear on Laurent Ruquier’s show on France2 the other day because I just didn’t think I could handle it…

    Comment by petite — April 27, 2007 @ 2:46 pm

  26. YouTube would be great, but I wouldn’t understand a word without it being translated.

    Comment by Diane — April 27, 2007 @ 3:04 pm

  27. “A film crew are on their way”. Presumably, the recording has happened now, and hopefully it went well! BTW I am not expecting you to tell us what happened, but I will be monitoring those links from lz.

    I am sure there will be even more media attention when your books comes out in 2008!

    Comment by Pierre L — April 27, 2007 @ 3:30 pm

  28. lz, thanks for the links. Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a video of petite on either link. What’s the secret workaround? ;-)

    Comment by purple — April 27, 2007 @ 3:31 pm

  29. The links will work once the program has been broadcast (probably Saturday).

    I will write about the surreal past few hours soon. But it involved melons. Harmonicas. And tidying up some toys.

    Comment by petite — April 27, 2007 @ 3:39 pm

  30. Hi Petite. A guy in Sweden got dooced by his girlfriend’s anonymous blog. Thought you’d be interested in the story.


    Comment by Curiosa — April 27, 2007 @ 4:20 pm

  31. And here’s me thinking you turned down Laurent Ruquier’s show because you preferred to go out for dinner with me and Flighty…

    Comment by Mancunian Lass — April 27, 2007 @ 4:40 pm

  32. Uh-huh, so those telejournalistes challenged you to show off your many skills by whittling a harmonica out of a melon. Fiendish Rogues :O


    Wow..I’m impressed you did so well in that case.

    Comment by oxo — April 27, 2007 @ 4:47 pm

  33. Melons, harmonicas and ‘the toys’. I hope Percy Filth isn’t going to raise its ugly head…..

    Comment by meredic — April 27, 2007 @ 5:12 pm

  34. Look forward to the U tibe! Also I missed the Richard and Judy, so look forward to a U Tube of that too!

    Comment by Sally Lomax — April 27, 2007 @ 5:59 pm

  35. How exciting! I will be watching sounds like the recording is sorted but will record it just in case :-)

    Comment by sylvie — April 27, 2007 @ 6:29 pm

  36. I’ll be keen to see you on YouTube!

    Comment by Jean-Luc Picard — April 27, 2007 @ 7:49 pm

  37. wow you turned down an opportunity to hear Laurent Ruquier SNORT live? gee…and he might have invited Nassima the giggler ! Can’t wait for the Saturday evening news !

    Comment by magillicuddy — April 27, 2007 @ 8:39 pm

  38. You’ll be wonderful.

    Comment by Susan — April 27, 2007 @ 11:09 pm

  39. Good luck petite – you’ll be fab!

    Comment by Stratford Girl — April 28, 2007 @ 2:41 am

  40. Does this mean it’s all really final now and your ex-employers are going to pay up without appeal or argument? I do hope so.
    Hope Tadpole’s lip is less swollen and that she is enjoying her prolonged school holiday.
    Will watch the news avidly tonight and tomorrow.

    Comment by sablonneuse — April 28, 2007 @ 8:23 am

  41. Petite, you can pull it off if you record the program onto your hard drive by using a “card” called “WinTV”. I’m in France right now and have access to the French programming, but no access to my WinTV card as I left it in NYC. :0( If someone else is able to run to their local FNAC or something, they can record it for you and upload it to the web, to a server, or to YouTube for that matter. Hope this helps. :0)

    Comment by Mlle Smith — April 28, 2007 @ 8:58 am

  42. Oops, btw, you can also purchase it yourself PA and set it to automatically record at any designated time, etc. on your computer. It would be a nice investment for your budding, fierce career, too. :o)

    Comment by Mlle Smith — April 28, 2007 @ 9:09 am

  43. Direct link to the last two weeks of TF1’s April newscasts:,,3437336,00-journal-televise-avril-2007-20h-.html

    Comment by Kai Carver — April 28, 2007 @ 9:44 am

  44. Dear petite,

    I discovered your blog a few days ago and spend quite some time reading it with much fun, mostly for you writing about your love for your child and you picturing Parisians (among who I am) with much talent. So no doubt you will success in novel writing. I’m waiting for your dedicace venue at WH Smith ! (Please, do one !)

    Being a bit parano myself, I thing you were right to turn down the F2 now. I used to work in law firms, although not directly in the field of labor law and I now the tricky-mean-dirty habits of presenting a case. I wonder if you should not be cautious about all that stuff and going so public in view of the appeal proceedings, if any. Judges do not like much publicity. and building precedent is not their cup of tea either. I am sure that you have discussed this with your lawyer already.

    It is a shame, however, that this could impeed your freedom of speach. But, reading the closing arguments presented at the hearing (which more or less are also intended to stress you so that you drop the case or be less “arrogant” while discussing a settlement) I bet they might use anything. Remember : money damages is not a problem for corporate bodies (unless it is a big big amount) because it does not really impact the balance sheet and lawyers fees do not come from the managers pocket (unlike the fees paid by the ex-employee) ; partners in a CPA firm do not really care either (unless their clients make fun of it), time of the proceedings works on the side of the company, not the ex-employee.

    Contrary to Anglo-saxon culture, money is dirty in France and money obtained for dammages is so hardly obtained (which is a shame) that your contract deal might become a problem in court as well as a source of easy joke on you. Get serious advice !
    Refer to the case of the (not so)lasy lady who wrote a book about being paid for no work in the French electric power supply public firm.

    That being said, should not prevent you from enjoying ! Real life is ahead with the angoisse de la page blanche and much fun with TP.


    Comment by Loukal — April 28, 2007 @ 10:45 am

  45. About the comment made by Curiosa (
    I had no idea that a company would google one of their candidates for a job. WOW!

    Comment by Ellen — April 28, 2007 @ 10:52 am

  46. I’m impressed. We are talking serious celebrity now.
    After the 20H on TF1, I don’t know how higher you could possibly go (at least in this country). Star Academy ? Run for President in 2012 ? A part in Taxi 5 ?
    Congratulations ! Can’t wait to see the video !

    Comment by ontario frog — April 28, 2007 @ 12:46 pm

  47. You are a star!

    Comment by Lost in France — April 28, 2007 @ 3:59 pm

  48. That’s a very pretty picture, Petite!

    Comment by Daniel — April 28, 2007 @ 7:56 pm

  49. I’m interested in Loukal’s comment about money being considered “dirty” in France (which I’ve noticed myself, living in France). Where does this belief come from Loukal – is it linked to the Catholic religion (as my french husband claims), or is it something else?

    Comment by Sarah — April 29, 2007 @ 4:28 am

  50. What a thing to be….a filler. I think you should be headline.

    Comment by AussieGil — April 29, 2007 @ 5:16 am

  51. Dommage…we all watched the news last night during our dinner party, to see if you’d be on. Guess we’ll just have to watch again today at 13H and 20H!

    PS. If you can’t get it up on Youtube, it will definitely be up on the TF1 website the day after, so you could link to it from there. Unfortunately it will only stay up for a week or so though.

    Comment by samantha — April 29, 2007 @ 9:51 am

  52. We watched the 20H Saturday, 13H Sunday and you weren’t there.

    Maybe tonight.

    Comment by Maria — April 29, 2007 @ 7:15 pm

  53. Hello,

    I’m french and I speak a little beat english, so i’m sorry of my english is bad ;)
    I would just to say you, you are very cute ;)
    Kiss kiss


    Ps: I know, my name is english but i’m really french ;)

    Comment by John — April 29, 2007 @ 7:58 pm

  54. la classe!
    le journal télévisé de la première chaine européenne!

    Comment by jolaye — April 29, 2007 @ 8:00 pm

  55. Hey,

    I’ve seen you on TF1 on the news about your blog.
    Well I wanted to say you : Congratulations and good luck with your book.


    Comment by Daniel — April 29, 2007 @ 8:00 pm

  56. Hi, I just watched the news on TF1 and I saw your blog. If you want to see what they said about you, you can go here and in the middle of the page, you have the Top 10, click on 2- Le Journal Télévisé. Then at the right page, you juste click on Rencontre avec

    Now, I’m gonna take a look at your blog and read a bit about you!

    Have a nice evening.

    Comment by Laurie — April 29, 2007 @ 8:01 pm

  57. Hi petite anglaise comment ca va ? Have watched your story on the news and hope this is the beginning of big sucess for you… Double check on and you will see your part (roughly 2mins !!!).

    Take care


    Comment by thomas — April 29, 2007 @ 8:01 pm

  58. désolé mais je suis francais et j ai 9 ans et je n arrive pas a lire ton blog
    je suis vraiment désolé
    a bientot de te lire (en francais si possible)

    a l e x

    Comment by alex — April 29, 2007 @ 8:02 pm

  59. Congratulations, it was a great piece, if a bit short IMO. And good thing it was tonight, MOH hates the TF1 news and said it was our last night watching it!

    Comment by samantha — April 29, 2007 @ 8:03 pm

  60. Well, quite nice end filler though… Besides, it got me to to find your blog! I’ve never been a fan of blogs, but I do enjoy some british humour (you don’t get to much of that in France! I’ve never understood french humour…) and as a swedish expartriate in (God knows why!) southern France, it should be quite interessting to have a look, at least, ‘could be a nice “evening filler”. (sorry for my very loosy and long forgotten english)

    Bonne soirée!

    Comment by Philip — April 29, 2007 @ 8:03 pm

  61. j ai vu ton blog a la télé!!
    sur tf1 au journal!!!

    Comment by alex — April 29, 2007 @ 8:04 pm

  62. bravo pour cette réussite, à la fois une revanche sur la vie et une jolie perspective……
    pardon si je viens lachement profiter de ton succès…et bien que le registre soit différent ; je suis tour-manager pour un groupe de rock, or ton blog est une porte ouverte sur l’angleterre visiblement, serais tu ok pour référencer ce groupe sur ton espace?
    pour visite : …c’est pas du rock-garage (cheesy music….lol), et l’ambition est pro…mes coordonnées sur le site si tu acceptes ce petit coup de pouce. merci.cordialement….longue vie littéraire!

    Comment by xtof — April 29, 2007 @ 8:04 pm

  63. Proposition de Partenariat.

    Seriez interessée par un Echange de Liens entre et votre Blog ?

    Avec mes remerciements

    Florence Sélaudoux
    Responsable de la Boutique

    Comment by SELAUDOUX — April 29, 2007 @ 8:17 pm

  64. The exact link for Petite’s clip on the the TF1 site is,,3437732,00.html


    Comment by Moira — April 29, 2007 @ 8:17 pm

  65. g beaucoup entendu parler de toi jaurai bien voulu lire ton blog mé je ne sai lire langlais pe tu maider et le trauire en francais merci beaucoup caroline

    Comment by caroline — April 29, 2007 @ 8:22 pm

  66. Hello Petite. Congratulations. I have just been watching your piece on TF1 (about 28 minutes into the bulletin, to save the other readers having to search). You did extremely well, I thought. You spoke French beautifully (as one might expect after all these years in France). You sounded articulate and spoke with no hesitation; it seems to me that you would do fine in live program. After all this, I hope someone will publish a French version of your book – then I would buy that as well as the English one.

    Comment by Pierre L — April 29, 2007 @ 8:34 pm

  67. j’ai aussi vu le reportage au JT de TF1 et je suis venue parce que c’est tout à fait le genre de livre que j’aime. J’arrive à lire l’anglais mais pas à l’écrire suffisament bien pour commenter en cette langue. Je reviendrais…

    Comment by ange-etrange — April 29, 2007 @ 8:41 pm

  68. Hello petite, this is the first time I’ve posted a comment on any weblog. I’ve read yours very intermittently since you became ‘famous’ last year and even more famous this year in winning your unfair dismissal. Did your firm decide not to appeal in the end? Congratulations on your piece on TF1 – my A-level French from 20+ years ago isn’t up to translating in real time, but you do appear to come over very well. Good luck in the future with the book and hope Tadpole’s lip heals OK.

    PS the photo of you in the ivy is really very good; much better without the glasses

    Comment by James Y — April 29, 2007 @ 8:52 pm

  69. Hi,
    I just watched the vid : short but good, voice clear and steady, nice comments.

    Here’s the link on TF1’s website :,,3437732,00-rencontre-www-petiteanglaise-com-.html

    Some people follow you from Germany too !
    Keep up like this.

    Comment by Vincent — April 29, 2007 @ 9:20 pm

  70. Bravo!

    Comment by JChevais — April 30, 2007 @ 4:08 pm

  71. Hello Petite!

    Thanks to TF1 I learn to know you a bit. I looked a little bit through your website and found it pretty good. I hope I will have time to share my life with yours, because yours seems so fantastic…
    I discovered Bridget Jone’s diary (one of my favourite’s books)a few years ago in an american library in the USA. Yesterday I found you, while sleeping on my beautiful velvet couch, I hope you’ll give me good positive things… Sorry for my not so good english…

    Love from

    Comment by marinaaaaaaaaaaaaa — April 30, 2007 @ 7:47 pm

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