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Qui veut gagner des millions? is a French game show that is based off of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. It was aired on TF1 and first premiered on July 3, 2000 to January 1, 2016. Presented by Jean-Pierre Foucault.

In March 2017, Jean-Pierre Foucault announced on Europe 1 a possible return in access prime time on TF1.

Changes Edit

In December 2010, TF1 announced the end of the current formula in its daily (primetime) version of show. The bad hearings of the last session in June 2010, certainly due to the change of game schedule, are the cause. From 2011 to 2016, celebrity specials only aired.

Lifelines Edit

In this version 4 lifelines used:

Seasons Edit

  • Season 1 (42 episodes, July 3, 2000 - July 7, 2001)
  • Season 2 (12 episodes, September 15, 2001 - December 1, 2001)
  • Season 3 (50 episodes, July 1, 2002 - January 3, 2003)
  • Season 4 (55 episodes, July 7, 2003 - January 9, 2004)
  • Season 5 (50 episodes, July 12, 2004 - December 31, 2004)
  • Season 6 (56 episodes, June 30, 2005 - January 1, 2006)
  • Season 7 (55 episodes, June 5, 2006 - January 5, 2007)
  • Season 8 (60 episodes, May 21, 2007 - January 4, 2008)
  • Season 9 (55 episodes, April 14, 2008 - June 27, 2008)
  • Season 10 (50 episodes, April 27, 2009 - January 1, 2010)
  • Season 11 (29 episodes, June 7, 2010 - May 20, 2011)
  • Season 12 (3 episodes, August 27, 2011 - March 30, 2012)
  • Season 13 (2 episodes, August 25, 2012 - February 14, 2013)
  • Season 14 (6 episodes, July 17, 2013 - June 27, 2014)
  • Season 15 (5 episodes, July 19, 2014 - April 17, 2015)
  • Season 16 (7 episodes, July 25, 2015 - January 1, 2016)

Note: From July 3, 2000 to July 9, 2010 last ordinary episode (specials sometimes) was aired. From February 5, 2011 to January 1, 2016, celebrity specials only were shown. In total (according fr.wikipedia.org and www.imdb.com websites), 537 episodes aired.

Money Trees Edit

Money tree from July 3, 2000 to 2002 (with French francs until the euro)

Question First version (03.07.2000-07.07.2001) Second version (03.07.2000-07.07.2001)
15 3.000.000 F 4.000.000 F
14 1.500.000 F 2.000.000 F
13 1.000.000 F 1.000.000 F
12 700.000 F 700.000 F
11 500.000 F 500.000 F
10 300.000 F 300.000 F
9 150.000 F 150.000 F
8 80.000 F 80.000 F
7 40.000 F 40.000 F
6 20.000 F 20.000 F
5 10.000 F 10.000 F
4 5.000 F 5.000 F
3 3.000 F 3.000 F
2 2.000 F 2.000 F
1 1.000 F 1.000 F

Money tree (July 1, 2002 - January 1, 2016):

Question 15-question format (15.09.2001-11.04.2009) 12-question format (27.04.2009-01.01.2016)
15 1 000 000 €
14 300 000 €
13 150 000 €
12 100 000 € 1 000 000 €
11 72 000 € 300 000 €
10 48 000 € 150 000 €
9 24 000 € 100 000 €
8 12 000 € 72 000 €
7 6 000 € 48 000 €
6 3 000 € 24 000 €
5 1 500 € 12 000 €
4 800 € 6 000 €
3 500 € 3 000 €
2 300 € 1 500 €
1 200 € 800 €

15th Anniversary Edit

On September 5, 2015, special jubilee episode aired. Couples Jean Luc Reichmann and Xavier, Olivier Minne and Tristan, Laurence Boccolini and Dominique, Christophe Beaugrand and Matthieu, Jean-Pierre Foucault and Jaafar appeared.

Winners Edit

Top Prize winners Edit

300 000 € winners Edit

150 000 € winners Edit

From September 2001 to July 2010, 5 contestants won this amount of money to change to the new currency.

1.000.000 F winners Edit

From July 2000 to June 2001, 8 contestants won this amount of money at the time of the old currency (including 3 in July 2000).

Biggest Losers Edit

Infamous "Sun orbits Earth" Incident Edit

In the early 2000s, shortly after France switched currencies from the F to the €, a contestant simply named Henri gained worldwide, viral notoriety after he faced the following question for 3,000 €:

3 000 € (6 of 15) - No time limit
What is it that gravitates around the Earth?
"Ask the Audience" lifeline used.
• A: The Moon • B: The Sun
• C: Mars • D: Venus
Ask the Audience Results: A: 42% • B: 56% • C: 2% • D: 0%

For some odd reason, he did not know the answer, so he decided to Ask the Audience, and when the results came out, only 42% of the audience said A: The Moon; 56% said B: The Sun, and 2% said C: Mars. The contestant briefly considers using the 50:50 lifeline, but ultimately decides against it, and goes for B: The Sun as his final answer. His wife, who was in the audience, knew that his answer was wrong, and that the right answer was The Moon, and when the right answer was revealed to be The Moon, a significant number of audience members gasped in shock at the right answer. The host, Jean-Pierre Foucault, told the contestant that had he used the 50:50, he might have still ended up with the Sun and the Moon, and that the audience was really divided, and that he did not want to influence his decision, but that nonetheless, he still won 1 500 €. This incident, along with all of the numerous incidents of unlucky contestants on the U.S. version winning nothing after giving a wrong answer to one of the first 5 questions, may have inspired the "dumbest contestant ever" hoax, in which a fictional contestant named Kathy Evans failed to properly answer a simple $100 question after using up all three of her lifelines, because she was too skeptical of the assistance that was given (in fiction, stupidity is sometimes unrealistically exaggerated). According to the screenshot, it depicts her answering that elephants are larger than the Moon; the screenshot was actually a modified screenshot taken from ukgameshows.com, depicting UK contestant Fiona Wheeler properly answering her £32,000 question. She was notable for stating that she wanted to bathe in a bath filled with chocolate, something she later actually did in a photo shoot. In real life, there were two $0 winners named Cathy Donley and Kathy Hempel, who both lost on the $1,000 question.

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