American’s hilarious interruption of French broadcast during Biden celebration delights viewers

The reporter couldn't even hold back his laughter.


Rachel Kiley

Internet Culture

Published Nov 8, 2020

Americans have been taking to the streets since Saturday morning to celebrate what is expected to be a win for Joe Biden in the presidential election. And the whole world is looking on, with many leaders and citizens offering up their congratulations on the incoming change demanded by voters.

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A reporter for BFM TV, France’s most-watched news channel, was on the ground covering some of the celebrations when an American interrupted him in a hilarious exchange that quickly went viral.

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“I’ve been to France; it’s beautiful!” the man shouts at the start of the clip.

The reporter, speaking French, is clearly trying to continue doing his job, but the American isn’t quite done yet.

“I ate escargot!” he exclaims, before adopting a comically terrible French accent. “I love a croissant. I love an omelette du fromage.”

The journalist appears to be holding back laughter from behind his mask as the American finally leaves the frame, likely having said everything he could in French.

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It was such a joyous occasion that while the interaction was pretty embarrassingly on point in terms of Americans approaching other cultures, everyone watching the footage on social media couldn’t help but laugh at the pure ridiculousness of it all. If nothing else, it really seems to have brought French and American Twitter together.

“I automatically love any example of French people and American people making fun of each other as long as it’s coming from a place of love,” @luke_pighetti wrote.
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And the pop culture references stuck right out, with many pointing to childhood faves All That and Dexter’s Laboratory as the likely source of the American’s limited French.
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Regardless of the (undoubtedly one-sided) language barrier, the emotions coming out of that moment were clear. The man’s willingness to be absolutely ridiculous on a random French broadcast because of that feeling demonstrated a lighthearted joy many Americans haven’t felt in four years.
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*First Published: Nov 8, 2020, 3:21 pm CST