Paris is Sparkling on TV: The French Series to Watch Now

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Paris is Sparkling on TV: The French Series to Watch Now
Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, so many of us turned to Hollywood for comfort and anxiety-soothing. Streaming services like Netflix saw a surge in new users during global lockdowns. And it’s easy to understand why; apart from the obvious factors of more time spent at home equaling more TV consumption, there’s also the soothing effect of story. Humans are storytellers and lovers of story. It’s no surprise that during the global health crisis, people looked for ways to soothe their anxiety, and that sometimes came in the form of, say – in my case – binging the new season of Emily in Paris. Paris has always been a dream set and backdrop for Hollywood films and TV shows. Lately, there’s a resurgence of American productions seeking out Paris, and French productions set in Paris making global mainstream waves (see: Lupin, for instance). Here are some of our favorite shows that showcase Paris’s beauty so perfectly. Lupin What’s not to love about our favorite jewelry thief? Lupin is a certifiable hit, and the show’s third series is currently in production. The series centers on “gentleman thief” and master of disguise, Assane Diop, who is inspired by the adventures of Arsène Lupin and sets out to avenge his father for an injustice from a wealthy family when Diop was just a child. Variety reports that there was even a recent real-life robbery onset of the series in late February. The outlet confirmed “a robbery took place in a neighborhood in Nanterre, on the outskirts of Paris, where the hit show was being filmed…Part 3 of Lupin was shooting with Omar Sy when approximately 20 people who had their faces covered broke onto the set after throwing mortar fireworks, according to the news outlet AFP. An estimated €300,000 ($333,000) worth of equipment was stolen, per the report.” Thankfully, no one in the cast or crew was harmed during this incident. And after a brief hiatus, the show resumed filming in late February. Viewers can stream the series on Netflix.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Lupin 💎 (@lupin_netflix)
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Anne McCarthy is a contributing writer to BBC News, Teen Vogue, The Telegraph, Dance Magazine, and more. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Westminster and is the Editor in Chief of Fat Tire Tours’ travel blog. She lives in New York City.