The best French political films and TV shows to stream
If the upcoming election has got you in the mood for a House of Cards or All the President’s Men but with a French twist, we've got the list for you.
1 - The Bureau (Le bureau des légendes)
One of the most successful French TV shows of recent years (both in France and internationally), The Bureau is the French answer to Homeland. A must-see for Carrie Mathison fans. Get ready to get your binge on.
Stream it on Sundance Now and Sling, buy it on Google Play, Vudu, Amazon
2 - Baron noir
Think of a House of Cards set in Paris: ambition, corruption, lies, manipulation, high stakes, all a part of the race to become France's next president. Any resemblance to real persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental…
Stream on the PBS Masterpiece Amazon Channel
3 - The Conquest (La conquête)
This comedic "biopic" centered on Nicolas Sarkozy’s rise to power is a delightful political farce carried by the performance of Denis Podalydès as the former French president.
Rent or buy on Amazon
4 - The French Minister (Quai d’Orsay)
Not your typical political film, this sharp-witted comedy based on a comic book was written by Antonin Baudry, a former French diplomat who also worked as the cultural counsellor at the French Embassy in the US. Although a comedy, it adresses France’s decision to oppose the 2003 invasion of Iraq at the United Nations.
Rent or buy on Amazon, Apple TV, Google Play, Youtube
5 - The Minister (L’exercice de l’état)
A dense political drama full of intrigues and subplots. Gripping!