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RT France, a New French-language TV Channel, Launched

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By    |   Tuesday, 19 December 2017 08:02 AM

RT has launched RT France, a new French-language television channel which in addition to France also broadcasts in Canada, Belgium, and the Mediterranean, the Russian-based news site reported on Monday.

RT France becomes the fourth foreign language broadcasted under the brand. RT also broadcast in English, Arabic, and Spanish, and has an international audience of roughly 70 million in 38 countries.

"(France is) a country with a storied legacy of respect for the freedom of expression and embrace of new ideas," said Xenia Fedorova, head of RT France. "We have created a platform dedicated to profiling the widest range of opinions in France and beyond. RT France will enable the audiences to explore this diversity and hear the voices rarely found in the mainstream media."

RT France will broadcast out of new studios in the Boulogne-Billancourt broadcasting hub just outside Paris, RT said. The channel will report on local, regional, national, and international stories most affecting the French-speaking world.

RT’s editor-in-chief, Margarita Simonyan, has welcomed the launch of the French broadcasting channel, which she said happened despite heavy criticism from the local mainstream media.

"The whole of the French media was reporting throughout the year that it's going to be terrible or that we [RT] will fail," Simonyan said. "There isn't a single French newspaper which didn't publish a comic about us. We welcome this – because we welcome freedom of speech, in general."

The New York Times reported in March that RT was created 12 years ago by Vladimir Putin as Russia's answer to broadcasters like France 24 and the BBC. RT points to a 2015 Ipsos study that reportedly shows that RT has 36 million weekly viewers in Europe and eight million in the United States, the Times said.

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