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Mélissa Theuriau
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Mélissa Theuriau
Born (1978-07-18) 18 July 1978 (age 40)
Échirolles, France
OccupationTelevision presenter/Journalist
Notable credit(s)LCI Matin (LCI)
News (LCI, TF1)
Voyages (LCI)
Zone interdite (M6)
Jamel Debbouze (m. 2008)

Mélissa Theuriau (French pronunciation: ​[melisa tœʁjo]; born July 18, 1978) is a French journalist and news anchor for M6. She studied journalism and became a television news presenter. She is the former anchor and co-editor in chief of Zone interdite on French TV.

Early career[edit]

Theuriau obtained a DUT in News-Communication from the Technical University (Institut universitaire de technologie, or 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 was a reporter at Match TV in 2002. 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. 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.

M6/Zone Interdite[edit]

In June 2006, Métropole 6, another French television channel, announced her arrival for September as editor-in-chief and presenter of Zone Interdite ("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 ("Forbidden Zone") on M6.[1]


In March 2007, she launched, with five other journalists (Claire Chazal, Marie Drucker, Laurence Ferrari, Béatrice Schönberg, and Tina Kieffer), the organization “La Rose”, which works with UNICEF to help educate girls.

In popular culture[edit]

Mélissa Theuriau has become an internet phenomenon, with fans uploading video compilations[2] receiving millions of hits from admirers. Theuriau is reportedly surprised by this phenomenon, stating, "I cannot explain it... I am absolutely not seeking this publicity."[3]

In 2006, the Daily Express voted her the world's most beautiful news reporter.[4] She was similarly voted "TV's sexiest news anchor" by readers of the US edition of Maxim. 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 ("the television bombshell").[5]

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.[5]

In 2010, scam websites co-opted a photograph of her to promote health treatments,[6] the ubiquitous "1 weird old tip" belly fat diets,[7] and penny auctions,[8] unauthorized usage of which Theuriau was initially unaware.

Personal life[edit]

On 29 March 2008, she was engaged to French-Moroccan comedian and actor Jamel Debbouze; the two were married on 7 May 2008.[9] They had a son on 3 December 2008 named Léon[10] and a daughter named Lila in the year 2011.[11]

On August 2012, Theuriau and Debbouze ranked in the top ten of France’s most popular couples in a Harris Interactive poll for Gala magazine.[12]


  1. ^ "Forbidden zone - M6 - Mélissa Theuriau". Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 22 December 2010.
  2. ^ Melissa Theuriau Compilation Video, the video, entitled "Beautiful News Reporter", that made her an internet phenomenon.
  3. ^ "Belle de jour... nal" Archived 2007-10-14 at the Wayback Machine. by David Le Bailly, Paris Match, August 2005.
  4. ^ "Moi, plus belle présentatrice du monde? Ridicule!", interview with Mélissa Theuriau, Télé Star, September 2006.
  5. ^ a b Bremner, Charles. "And finally...internet turns a newsreader into instant world celebrity", The Times, March 24, 2007.
  6. ^ [1] "Consumer Health Reporter"] by consumer health reporter. cons
  7. ^ Farhi, Paul. Ubiquitous ‘tiny belly’ online ad part of scheme, government says, Washington Post, July 6, 2011. Accessed May 10, 2012.
  8. ^ Ian McIlwraith. The face that launched a global ad scam, Sydney Morning Herald, 17 September 2010. Retrieved 17 September 2010.
  9. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-02-23. Retrieved 2009-03-05.
  10. ^ "Le couple s'installe en Provence avec le petit Léon". Gala.fr. 25 December 2008. Archived from the original on 23 December 2011. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
  11. ^ Chloé Breen (7 October 2011). "Melissa Theuriau : Lila est une toute petite crevette". Pure People. Retrieved 19 February 2012.
  12. ^ Allen, Peter. William and Kate voted one of France's favourite couples as Sarkozy and Carla Bruni fall drastically out of favour, Daily Mail, August 8, 2012. Accessed February 22, 2014.

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