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What did the French Google the most in 2015?

The Local · 16 Dec 2015, 14:03

Published: 16 Dec 2015 14:03 GMT+01:00

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It was a tragic year for the French, and this was reflected in the annual top-ten rankings from Google searches across the country. 
The top search of 2015 was for "Charlie Hebdo", the name of the satirical newspaper that was attacked by terrorists in January. 
The second most-searched story was the "Paris attacks" of November 13th, the day with the highest search interest for Paris in the history of Google.
The top viewed YouTube video from the November searches was the pianist, below, playing a rendition of John Lennon's Imagine.  
Third place went to the Tour de France cycling race, followed by a surprise fourth for erotic smash hit film 50 Shades of Grey. 
What do the Google searches tell us about  the French?
Indeed, the French were a curious bunch when it came to the sex romp film, which was also the most searched movie in the country all year. 
The French showed a distinct taste for English-language films, in fact, with only one French movie - La Famille Bélier - squeezing into the top ten. It was surrounded by smash hits like Mad Max, James Bond's Spectre, and Jurassic World. 
When it came to music, UK singer Adele was the most searched singer by the French. Her smash hit Hello was even the most searched for song.
The top French song that was searched was "Sur ma route", which we've embedded below if you're keen for a bit of French pop.
The French were also revealed to have a huge taste for reality TV, with the top ten searched TV shows flooded with programmes like Secret Story 9, MasterChef, and The Apprentice. The TV series list was topped by French hit Clem, followed by Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead. 
As we all know the good God of Google is the fountain of all knowledge and the French used the search engine to find out the "definition" of various things that were confusing them this year.
At number one was the COP21 UN climate summit that took place in Paris.
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The gathering of hundreds of negotiators and diplomats aiming to save the world from global warming might have taken place in France but the French (like the rest of us) knew little about what it was really about.
The French also search in their droves for the definition of terrorist group Daesh (Isis) and so-called sextremist feminist group Femen.
They also looked for the definition of the term "LMAO" which is used in English a lot but it naturally confuses the French.
It means of course, "Laughing My Arse Off", not a term too common in French.
The most searched for politician was not Marine Le Pen or even François Hollande but Myriam el Khomri, France's new Minister of Labour.
And finally the last thing we learned about French Google searches in 2015 is that they like to spend a weekend away in Venice, or London, or if those two are not possible then Barcelona.
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