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Mélissa Theuriau, born the 18th of July 1978 in Échirolles, Isère, France is a French journalist and news anchor for M6. An avid news watcher from an early age, she pursued her interest in journalism by studying Journalism and obtained a DUT degree in News-Communication from the Technical University (Institut Universitaire de Technologie - IUT) Pierre Mendès-France in Grenoble, and later a Master's degree in Audiovisual Journalism from the Institute of Communication and Media (ICM) at Échirolles. Theuriau became a newscaster on TV and became an internet phenomenon when a compilation of her reading news was uploaded and newspapers voted her the world's most beautiful news reporter. She currently is co-editor in chief and anchor of Zone Interdite on French TV. Theuriau was a reporter at Match TV back in 2002, but since 2003, she has been a reporter and anchor for La Chaîne Info, where she became better known to the French general public. She made her breakthrough as a newscaster and travel show host for LCI, the news channel and for TF1. Later that year, Melissa also began hosting Voyages, LCI’s weekly travel show. The colorful travel program helped introduce viewers to Melissa’s more whimsical side as she explored exotic locations such as Budapest, Madagascar, Cambodia, and Djerba, among many others. Her programs were LCI Matin (LCI Morning), the 6:40 News on LCI and TF1 from Monday to Thursday and the Voyages Travel Show on Wednesdays at 13:55 on LCI.
In May 2006, she surprised the management of TF1 by refusing the offer to be the anchorwoman of the weekend evening news of TF1, as a summer replacement for sitting anchorwoman Claire Chazal. To their shock, and the shock of many media observers, Melissa politely declined the invitation, citing a fear of overexposure. Ironically, that very same week the French tabloid Voici featured pictures of Melissa topless at the beach. Undaunted by the unwanted publicity, Melissa chose to leave LCI in June 2006 in order to join rival French network M6. In joining the network, Melissa became the editor in chief and host of Zone interdite, a weekly magazine news show. Melissa also hosted One Day, One Photo, a special presentation about famous photos throughout history. In June 2006, Métropole 6, another French television channel, announced her arrival for September as editor-in-chief and presenter of Zone Interdite (English: Forbidden Zone), a weekly magazine show featuring investigative reporting. She also presents Un jour, une Photo and Deux, trois jours avec moi on the French TV channel Paris Première, in partnership with Paris Match. Un jour, une photo features stories behind iconic and historic photos. Deux, trois jours avec moi is a weekly travel programme in which an invited guest reveals more about him or herself during a trip. In September 2006, she was appointed co-editor in chief and anchor of the influential TV magazine Zone interdite (English: Forbidden Zone) on M6.
In March 2007, she launched, with five other journalists including Claire Chazal, Marie Drucker, Laurence Ferrari, Béatrice Schönberg, and Tina Kieffer, the organization 'La Rose', which works with UNICEF to help educate girls. Mélissa became an internet phenomenon, with fans uploading video compilations receiving millions of hits from admirers. Theuriau is reportedly surprised by this phenomenon and says: "I cannot explain it - I am absolutely not seeking this publicity." In 2006, the Daily Express voted her the world's most beautiful news reporter. She was similarly voted TV's sexiest news anchor by readers of the US edition of Maxim Magazine. In May 2007, she was voted most beautiful woman in the world in the French edition of FHM. Paris Match has referred to her as la bombe cathodique (English: the television bombshell). In 2006, Voici, a French tabloid, published pictures showing her topless at a beach. Her lawyers are reportedly attempting to purge these images from the Internet. In 2010, scam websites co-opted a photograph of her to promote health treatments, the ubiquitous 1 weird old tip belly fat diets, and penny auctions - unauthorized usage of which Theuriau was initially unaware.
On the 29th of March 2008, she was engaged to the Moroccan/French comedian/actor Jamel Debbouze and the two were married on the 7th of May 2008. They had a son on the 3rd of December 2008 named Léon and a girl named Lila in the year 2011. In August 2012, a Harris Interactive poll for Gala Magazine, on France’s most popular couple, saw Theuriau and Debbouze ranked in the top ten most popular. Melissa is involved at M6 Group with La Foundation. La Foundation, a development tool for business and human cohesion, aims to support audiovisual activities being offered to inmates, and the reintegration dynamics initiated by the Ministry of Justice. As Melissa states:
"We talk about equality of opportunity, but what do we give to those who are serving long sentences in France? If we advocate for a better life together, it is essential to consider the fate of those who are deprived of freedom. Having paid their debt, everyone is entitled to a second chance. Consideration, psychological reconstruction assistance and project development that can allow anyone to find his place, even after being cut off from social life for a long period of time. Let us work for the release of inmates from prison to never again return. I am delighted that the Foundation M6 chose this noble courageous and little publicized cause which aids to successful reintegration of the French prison population..."
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Yabanci is a book by a Dutch woman who moved from Holland to Turkey to start a new life in a Turkish village overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. A great read for those who are considering a move abroad or have lived in a different culture. Available in English as an ebook or in Dutch in both print and popular ebook formats...
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