France 2

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France 2
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TV station ( public service )
Program type Full program
reception analog terrestrial , cable , satellite , DVB-T
Start of transmission April 18, 1964
Broadcaster France Télévisions
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France 2 is now the largest public television broadcaster in France . Like the other public broadcasters, it belongs to France Télévisions .


It started broadcasting on April 18, 1964, when it was still broadcast in black and white . The station belonged to the then public broadcasting company Office de Radiodiffusion Télévision Française and was called La Deuxième Chaîne (The second program). On October 1, 1967, at 2:15 p.m., the changeover to color television took place . La Deuxième Chaîne was the first and for a few years the only French television station to broadcast in color.

With the breakdown of ORTF into seven successor companies on July 8, 1974, the station became an independent company under the new name Antenne 2 .

Today's broadcasting company France Télévisions was founded on September 7, 1992 from the two transmitters, Antenne 2 and FR3 . Since then, the station has been known under its current name France 2 .

France 2 has been responsible for French participation in the Eurovision Song Contest since 2015 .

France 2 in Germany

France 2 can be received via antenna in border areas and can often be received nationwide via digital cable.


As one of the two main French programs, France 2 produces a 40-minute news program every evening at 8 p.m. in direct competition with the news from TF1 , the largest French television station, which also starts at 8 p.m. The main French news is even more important than the German Tagesschau because it helps shape social discourse. In addition to reports and reports, the programs regularly contain interviews with studio guests.

The French President is entitled to interrupt the news broadcasts of France 2 and TF1 at the same time in order to speak to the French people, which the Presidents of France regularly made use of. do. In a presentation, as the German television viewers of the Christmas message of the President and the New Year's speech of the Chancellor is known, the president announced after recording a fanfare live from his official residence from a Tricolore in the background important decisions and announcements in a televised address that always with «Mes chers compatriotes! » (“ My dear compatriots! ”) Begins.

News from abroad that affect the EU or other neighboring countries are of little importance and are considered unimportant topics, e.g. a. because viewers react with disinterest.

Programs (selection)

Station logos

Web links

Commons : France 2  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Hélène Risser: L'audimat à mort. Éditions du Seuil, Paris 2004, ISBN 2-02-060517-1 , quoted here without a page number in: Alfred Grosser : How different is France? CH Beck, Munich 2005, ISBN 3-406-52879-1 , p. 158.

Coordinates: 48 ° 50 ′ 20 ″  N , 2 ° 16 ′ 17 ″  E