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French TV's weather forecast faux pas

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By Johnny Summerton
Posted Aug 15, 2011 in Entertainment
Anyone watching last Thursday lunchtime's weather forecast on France 2 public television will have been a little depressed to begin with and also slightly perplexed - especially if they'd had a chance to look out of the window.
As is usual the presenter - in this particular case Philippe Verdier, who's pretty new to the channel having joined at the beginning of the summer from the all-news BFM TV - popped up before the news bulletin to tell viewers what the weather would be like for the rest of the day.
And he reappeared afterwards to do exactly the same thing.
Only in the space of little over half an hour, there appeared to be a dramatic change in what weather France could expect, both for the rest of the day and the seven-day outlook.
Before the news Verdier told viewers that there had been a fair amount of rain across the country in the morning and the pattern looked set to continue into the afternoon and evening.
French weather forecaster Philippe Verdier (screenshot from PureMédias  video)
French weather forecaster Philippe Verdier (screenshot from PureMédias' video)
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Except as news anchorwoman Sophie Le Saint explained at the end of her bulletin, there had been a slight mix-up in weather forecast.
Someone had played the wrong recording.
"We would like to offer our apologies because the weather forecast you saw immediately before this news bulletin wasn't the correct one," she said.
"The wrong tape was played (it was a recording from the previous week) and you'll be able to see Philippe Verdier with the correct forecast immediately following this bulletin."
And as you can see from the screenshot which the French media and entertainment news website PureMédias put together to compare the two maps used to illustrate the weather forecast both before and after the news, there's quite a difference.

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