The BBC reports that France "is to launch a global French-language satellite TV news channel next year, Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin has announced.
State-funded France Televisions and the private station TF1 will be partners in running the new channel.
The new French International News Channel is better known in France as CNN a la Francaise.
The station’s role will be ’to express the diversity to which our country is so deeply attached,’ Mr Raffarin said." The main purpose of the this, obviously, is to counter U.S. policy; Chirac has been talking about doing this for a couple of years. They could save a lot of Euros by just translating CNN into French!