The Best French Streaming for Francophiles

by HiP Paris

Are you a Francophile who can’t get enough of all things French? Or maybe, like us, you are looking for a fun way to improve your French language skills? We’ve previously shared our love of French films and TV in general, and how we used subtitled French movies to help us on the our language learning journey. Because of this, we were excited to discover France Channel – a French streaming service combining some of our favorite past times.

To share in our excitement we have a freebie for HIP readers to help you experience the best of French culture even while in the States.

Left: The French actress Camille Cottin stars in a show called Connasse, dressed up as a demanding Parisian in leopard coat and red lipstick; Right: The sunsets gives this Parisian Haussmannian building a glow in its zinc rooftop.
Top: photo by Rodrigo Kugnharski
Above left: Camille Contin in Connasse / Above right: photo by Louis Paulin

What is France Channel?

France Channel is a niche streaming service dedicated to all things French. It’s ok if your French is still a work in progress – programs are subtitled in English. France Channel streams French movies, series, documentaries about travel, food, fashion, history, art, news, culture and more.

Some films are subtitled in English and French, which helps with language learning. Their programing includes:

French Movies & TV Series Online: 

  • comedy, action, romance, drama, and thrillers
  • starring actors like Catherine Deneuve, Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin, Vincent Cassel (Black Swan, Oceans’ 12), James Bond girl Léa Seydoux, and rising stars of French cinema like Camille Cottin (Killing Eve, House of Gucci), Pio Marmaï and François Civil (The Three Musketeers), Laure Calamy (Call My Agent) and many more.
A black and white poster for the French film called All That Divides Us. The French actor Nekfeu and actress Catherine Deneuve are both looking to the left side.
Nekfeu and Catherine Deneuve in All That Divides Us

Watch Shows About French Culture & Lifestyle  

  • shows about travel, food & wine, fashion, luxury, art, history & culture 
  • flagship series include Beautiful Getaways, Chefs Signature, Secrets of History, and many little gems like Becoming Chanel and The Paris Opera. 
  • Cartoons and family movies including Zorro, Little Brown Bear and The War of the Buttons.

Language Learning: Practice your French with French subtitles in the “Learn French” section. 

Live news with France 24 international news channel, in English and French

left: a scene from the French series Chefs with the main character in front of a cathedral; right: the courtyard of the Louvre Museum with a view of the glass pyramid.
Left: Hugo Becker in Chefs; Right: Chris Karidis

A Gift for HIP Readers: One month’s free access

France Channel is offering one-month’s free access to HIP readers (the normal trial period is one week). Watch your favorite films, TV shows, documentaries, kids programming, and news, with English and French subtitles. The offer ends on June 15, 2023.

French actress Laetitia Casta is in water, perhaps swimming, in this show called Une île.
Laetitia Casta in Une Île

Let us know in the comments your favorite French shows and movies!


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