Intro :

Nowadays, our lives are based on technologies. That’s why we can ask ourselves in what new French technologies change our everyday lives ?

First, we are going to talk about visual arts, then about social networks, after that video games, mobile phones, domestic appliances, transports, and to finish, about nuclear energy.  

Visual arts : (raph)

Of course, during the XIXth century, the television, the cinema and the media didn’t exist yet. So we can ask ourselves how did the people live?

Nowadays, the television is the best thing we have in the house. About one century ago, one of the ways to be informed was reading the newspapers. Here we have an example of a French newspaper, Le Gaulois, which was for the first time publishing in the late 1860s. Another way to be informed was of course the letters. It allowed people in different cities or countries to be informed of the news of other places. We can see here a letter from a French man, Jacques Rivière. Another way to stay in touch was the country fairs, which were very popular. People could discover new objects from different cities, and they could speak with lots of different people from different ethnic groups likewise. At their time, people didn’t know how other populations lived. For example, French people didn’t know the lifetime of African people, and whether they have the same animals as us or not. That’s why circuses were invented. In 1836 was the Lamy’s circus put in place, which was a really good experience that extended in the entire world.

The cinema is also a new invention. It began to be very popular at the middle of the XXth century. People went there to relax or to have sweet time. But its ancestor is almost the theatre, which was the best entertainment from the XVIth century to the beginning of the cinema. Here is a poster from the theatre of Bordeaux, a French city.

    Visual arts have impacts on teenagers behaviour : in the XXIst century, we are all concerned by this subject because we all watch TV, we often go to the cinema, we all listen to the radio and we nearly all have access to the web. However, we can notice that some teenagers are more influenced by these new technologies than others judging by their behaviour or their way of life.

Some of them watch TV and advertisement as if they were examples and this leads to inferiority complex, body image, self worth or even weight problems.

On the other hand, as teenagers, we can use these technologies in order to relax, have fun or learn things.

    As teenagers, we don’t all have the same way of using TV,wacthing movies or being influenced by the media. However, since these visual arts appeared, we’ve all been « addicted » to these trends and these new technologies even though it doesn’t change radically our lives.

Social networks : (REMI)

Today, young people in France and in the world often spend time on the internet, and more particularly on social networks. These websites have become more and more important for  several years.

        → Online service

        → Aims at building or reflecting the social relationships between people

        → A website containing many applications

        →Anybody can join in

        → Today, there are many important ones

The most famous ones in France are :

Copains d’avant (« Old Friends ») : finding old friends you want to be in touch with again… Maybe up to 9 million users !

Daylimotion : main concurrent of YouTube

Habbo : you choose an avatar and chat with unknowns or friends in a huge hotel

Skyrock : blogs, instant messaging

Meetic : online love quest

Social networks have invaded our lives, mostly in a positive way

→Their applications help us communicate faster

→ But you have to be careful…

Video games : ( RAPH)

Ex: Brain trainning games or I.Q. tests

Mobile phones (REMI)

From  1973 to today, there has had a huge amount of  changes. The first mobile phone weighted 36kg, whereas today, a Smartphone weights about 140g.

The first mobile was invented by Dr Martin Cooper. It was called Motorola Dyna-Tac

Domestic appliances (RAPH)


          Percy Spencer invented the microwave in 1946, when he was working for the society             Raytheon  

Transports (REMI)

The Parisian underground was created in the start of the XXth century. But the first line is nowadays one of the most modern subways in the World as it has become automatic.

This event has dramatic consequences on the staff of the Parisian underground company. However, this is not the first time this happens ! After WWII, rubber-tyred trains were adopted on Line 11.

Paris is the origin of the most important High Speed Lines:

Airbus is an aircraft manufacturing subsidiary of EADS, a European aerospace company. It is based in Blagnac near Toulouse. With significant activities across Europe, the company produces around half of the world's jet airliners.

Airbus employs around 52,000 people at sixteen sites in four European Union countries: France, Germany, the UK and Spain. The final assembly productions are at Toulouse (France), Hamburg (Germany), Seville (Spain) and, since 2009, Tianjin (Republic of China). Airbus has also subsidiaries in the United States, Japan, China and India.

The company produced and markets the first commercially viable fly-by-wire airliner, the Airbus A320 and the world's largest airliner, the A380.

The Concorde is the first and only supersonic plane to fly with passengers.  It was develop in co-operation with the Aerospatiale (France) and the British Aircraft Corporation and introduced to public transport on the 21 January 1976.

A basic plane like the Airbus A380 takes around 7-8 hours to fly from London to New York...

The Concorde took only 3 hours 30 minutes

Anyone who had enough money
could experience that fly

The flight from Paris to New York could welcome 100 passengers. Its 4 Rolls Royce Olympius motors burned more than 80 tons of oil for each flight.

It needed 3.2 km to take off and 2.4 km to land.

On July 25th , while the Concorde was taking off, a part lost by a Continental Airline plane on the runway blasted 2 of the 4 engines of the Concorde.

As it was too late to stop the plane, it took off and crashed right away killing the 100 passengers, the 9 crew members and 4 people on the ground.

This was the last flight of Concorde

Technology is very important in transport issues because it shows a politic willing to develop a region, to help the population of a region out and change its way of transport. It is an origin of economic dynamism.

Nuclear energy  (raph) :

Nuclear energy gives a lot of electricity to the French population. It is mainly used for domestic appliances. Nowadays, it is at the centre of political and technological debates.

Areva and EDF are the French specialists in this domain

 Areva is a French company that offers technological solutions for nuclear power generation. Its headquarters are in the Tour Areva in Courbevoie in Paris. It was created on the  3rd of September 2001, by the merger of Framatome,  Cogema and Technicatome. Its main shareholder is the French public-sector company, the CEA, which owns 78.9%. Luc Oursel is the Chairman of the Executive Board.

Conclusion  (remi):

New French technologies change our everyday lives in different domains, such as Visual arts, Social networks, Mobile phones, Video games,  Domestic appliance, Transports, Nuclear energy.

It allows us to entertain ourselves, to stay in touch with friends, to communicate, to save time, and the most important, to have electricity.