The French take “le talk show” very seriously. The clash of ideas has been part of France’s national identity for centuries, and the intellectual — almost anyone with an air of gravitas and the confidence to opine on any subject in three points — enjoys a special status in society and a place of prominence on television. Days before France’s presidential election, the country has gone into talk overload, with both serious debates and silly posturing.More here: The Chic, Lethal Salons on the Screens of France by ELAINE SCIOLINO, NYTimes.
NOTE: the French will appreciate the literal translation of the French shows: "It's in the air", "We're not in bed", or "Tonight or never". Funny!