7 YouTube Channels All Francophiles Should Be Watching

They’ll make your mouth water. They’ll make your passport come home from the club with a few new stamps on it. They’ll make you set out on a three month quest for the perfect red lipstick. They might not all be French, but they’re the best YouTube channels for all your French fixes.

Food: Alex (formerly French Guy Cooking)

Professional amateur chef Alex Gabriel didn’t learn how to cook at a fancy culinary institute or in a Michelin star restaurant. Entirely self-taught, the lovable Parisian goof built his culinary mini-empire from scratch, gaining fame from his videos documenting experimental methods of cooking traditional French foods. He’s tried to make his own wine, sought out the best croissant in Paris, and even did a series of videos on making gourmet instant ramen. A lot of his recipes are vegetarian– and budget-friendly, and his creative spirit will have you rethinking everything you know about cooking.

Curiosities: Messy Nessy Chic

Vanessa Grall isn’t French, but she probably knows more about Paris than most Parisians do. Grall’s channel, Messy Nessy Chic, goes down the rabbit hole and keeps digging, sidestepping tourist traps and mediocre guidebooks to find some truly unique experiences, both in Paris and elsewhere. Her book Don’t Be A Tourist In Paris (and its brand new companion Don’t Be A Tourist In New York) can be found wherever books are sold.

Travel: Damon & Jo

Damon Dominique and Joanna Franco, a.k.a. DamonAndJo, are about to become your personal BFF travel goals. These two friends roam the world and report back on all the hacks you can use to travel cheaptravel safe, and travel smart. Though they cover a lot more than just travel to and in France, their French Fridays videos touch on everything from how to master French filler words to the struggles of obtaining a French visa.

Comedy: Paul Taylor

British comedian Paul Taylor is here to ask the questions everyone else is too afraid to ask. Namely, “What the f*** France?” Taylor’s signature brand of irreverent humor takes his adopted country as its main target. Why are French workers always on strike? Why do cafe terrasses actually suck? And why should you never see an English movie dubbed into French? Rest assured, you’ll have a few ideas by the time you’re done binging his various CANAL+ series. And once you’ve finished What’s Up France? and Stéréotrip, you can also mine Taylor’s vlog and standup routines for extra goodies.

Beauty: Violette

Violette is everything: a celebrity makeup artist, new mom, and Global Beauty Director for Estée Lauder. Though her YouTube channel began primarily as a platform to showcase new Estée Lauder products through charming, intimate makeup tutorials, her content has expanded over time to include videos on fashion, hair, and healthy living. Part of Violette’s charm is that she uses herself as a guinea pig before promoting any products on her channel, so all the products are fully vetted before they go up. She’s the French beauty guru you’ve been waiting for, and you won’t regret the tutorial binge you’ll wake up from three days from now.

French Living: Not Even French

Though this channel lacks some of the production value of some of the others on this list, it makes up for it in quality of content. New Zealander Rosie, now a longtime expat living in Paris, shares her experiences dealing with the French languageFrench men, and French bureaucracy. Her commentary is thorough and litigious, without coming off as dry. So for the nitty gritty of everything from French marriage law to French corporate benefits, tune into Not Even French.

Language: Sebastian Marx

American comic Sebastian Marx is here to remind us that you can memorize all the words you want, but it’s not the same thing as understanding a language. The transplant to France joined up with Topito to produce the series, La langue française expliquée par un Américain, where Marx explores the subtleties (and outright absurdities) of the French language. In the first video alone, you’ll learn the eight thousand different meanings that can be configured from the two-word, two-syllable expression of greeting: “Ça va.” If your head’s not already spinning, just know that it only gets worse (and more hilarious) from here

Jeanne Cherhal, a great album in September!

En pleine finition de son nouvel album, qui sortira en septembre, Jeanne Cherhal a dévoilé quelques titres à notre chroniqueuse, dans l’intimité de son propre studio.


It makes the coffee warm up. Jeanne Cherhal receives in her studio as in her living room – that said, I have never seen her living room. The place is cozy, at the end of a dead end, in the 20th arrondissement. Away from traffic and close to Père-Lachaise. Beside other studios, music or audiovisual production. A small room that she rents all year, in which she has installed two pianos (including a Pleyel quarterback), a work table (with computer), a big speaker (which buzze a little), shelves ( design 50).

Cherhal sings as it turns out, without effect and without filter

She settles. Slightly arched. The first song of the future album is also the first one: The Year 40 . Autobiographical text for a woman born in 1978. “She enters with a smile in the year 40 …” For modesty or concern for universality, she forgot the “I” for the benefit of the third person – I do not imagine affected by the Delon syndrome. I listen to her singing, her voice so fine and so right, with light vibrato, has always had the gift of touching me instantly. Cherhal sings as we reveal ourselves, without effect and without filter. The intrinsic power of its form of expression, the song, returns to me in the face; a piece of life and truth delivered in three minutes … I think back to my own 40 years, and I do not know if I smiled. I watch his long fingers slide at the speed of light on the keyboard (what dexterity), his black sneakers do or not pressure on the Pleyel pedals. I have never been so close. Do not tell him, I’m pretty intimidated. I slip a “super” barely audible at the end of the song. Jeanne smiled. I wonder if she, too, she does not have a little chocolate.

Does his song appeal to all the women of his generation? “What is certain is that I have always felt feminist. For two years, everything has moved in society. It’s beautiful what happens. I am very happy to experience this kind of revolution. “  When she speaks, she seems both soft and resolved. Not so fragile, no doubt, that the delicacy of his body could let him think. This woman knows what she wants. In fact, I saw on Instagram that she went to record in Los Angeles … Was it necessary to raise the carbon footprint to this point? “I wanted to work with two musicians who live there. I also wanted a gospel choir and there, there is everywhere. ” Incidentally, I learn that the singer has signed alone arrangements – I will discover later, listening to the pre-CD, they are sumptuous …

“Tonight, I’ll listen to it one last time”

But for now, it’s piano-voice. Again concentrated on her keyboard, Jeanne Cherhal is preparing to play other songs. It makes me promise not to say too much about the topics it addresses … Okay, okay. I will just slip that the intelligence of his writing, definitely able to address the most unlikely subjects, has not finished me. And that the album she is about to finish will be among her most successful. On a sheet hanging on the wall, I recognize the titles of the pieces. In total, the disc will have ten. Release planned on September 20th. “This morning, I asked for some corrections on the mix, but really minimal. And tonight, I’ll listen to it one last time. Logically, I should give the green light for the whole party to mastering. “ This will be the last step before manufacturing. After, no more retouching possible. In other words, she still has work, especially pressure. We’ll have to leave it. A little last before leaving? “I’m going to make you listen to the closing title, A farewell. But I warn you: it may move you. It’s about the burial of Jacques. ”  Jacques Higelin, she adored, and me too. Not even scared, I signal to him to send the music. And I go out upset.

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