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Antoine de Caunes (born 1 December 1953) is a French television presenter, actor, writer and film director.[2][3][4][5] He is the son of two prominent French personalities, television journalist-reporter Georges de Caunes and television announcer Jacqueline Joubert. He is the father of the actress Emma de Caunes.

Antoine de Caunes
Antoine de Caunes 2013.jpg
Antoine de Caunes at 2013 César Awards
Born (1953-12-01) 1 December 1953 (age 65)[1]
OccupationTelevision presenter, actor, director
Children2, including Emma de Caunes
Parent(s)Georges de Caunes
Jacqueline Joubert



He began his career writing theme songs for cartoons for Antenne 2 under the pseudonym of Paul Persavon, including Cobra and Space Sheriff Gavan (known in France as X-Or).

His early TV appearances included Chorus (1975), the series Les Enfants du rock, again for A2, and then his breakthrough with Nulle part ailleurs for Canal+.[6]

De Caunes came to fame in the English-speaking world on the BBC2 television series Rapido, notable for his catchphrase, in the thickest of French accents, "Rap, Rap, Rap, Rapiiiidoo".[7][8] He then went on to create the long-running adult entertainment programme Eurotrash with Jean-Paul Gaultier for Channel 4.[9] He also presented a short-lived chat show on Channel 4 called Le Show. In addition he appeared in an advertising campaign for Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles ice lollies.

Since September 2013, he hosts Canal + daily evening show Le Grand Journal.

He provided voices in the Aardman Animation TV show Rex the Runt.[citation needed]

He has been a long-time AIDS awareness campaigner, fronting the organisation Soirées de l'humour — Solidarité sida.[citation needed]


Film actingEdit

Television actingEdit


Voice workEdit


Two CD Titles, Il a pas peur de personne,’’ Film Music by BO from the animated show Lucky Luke televised on France 3 and sold in 2001 by Sony Music.

Song writer [11][12]



Antoine de Caunes wrote his first book published with Éditions Albin Michel in the collection Rock & Folk in the Magma groupe:

  • Magma,’’ 187p., 1978. ISBN 978-2226005632

He wrote two novels about the conquests of the New York private detective, Sam Murchinson:

Several collections of his speeches Nulle part ailleurs were published; texts written with Albert Algoud:

  • Vous permettez que je vous appelle Raymond ?,’’ 1990.
  • Pas mal pour un lundi,’’ 1990.
  • J'aime beaucoup ce que vous faites, 1991
  • Une ambulance peut en cacher une autre, 1992.
  • Bien entendu, je plaisante, 1993. ISBN 2226063293
  • Le Petit Gildas illustré, 1993. ISBN 2226063811

He also wrote a dictionary:

Radio showsEdit

  • Popopop, since August 2017, every weekday at 3pm UK time, on France Inter, National French radio station.[13]


  1. ^ a b "The Observer Profile: Antoine de Caunes". London. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  2. ^ "Steeckler for accuracy". The Daily Telegraph. London. 12 April 2004. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  3. ^ Rose, Toby (25 June 2008). "France laps up De Caunes' tears of a clown". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  4. ^ "Antoine de Caunes". 27 October 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  5. ^ Weinberg, Kate (2 March 2009). "Culture Clinic: Antoine de Caunes". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  6. ^ Les Morsures de L’Aube[permanent dead link],
  7. ^ James Rampton (17 February 1996). "Contentious? Moi?". The Independent. London. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  8. ^ Serena Mackesy (3 May 1997). "Sads, mads and le lad - Arts & Entertainment". The Independent. London. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  9. ^ "Le dude". The Guardian. London. 8 May 1999. Retrieved 22 September 2012.
  10. ^ "Antoine de Caunes". British Film Institute. Retrieved 23 July 2018.
  11. ^ "Recherche: Paul Persavon".
  12. ^ "Disque Séries TV et Dessins Animés Paul Persavon". Mange-Disque TV.
  13. ^ Inter, France (12 July 2017). "Antoine de Caunes présente une quotidienne à la rentrée sur France Inter".

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