Julie Lescaut

 

Julie Lescaut

Main character: : Commissaire Julie Lescaut
Country of origin: France
Main location: Les Clairières (fictional suburban town near Paris) and Paris

Creator: Alexis Lecaye
Born in: Alexandra, Egypt
Born on: 1951
Died in: Rome
Nationality: French

Literary series started in: 1992 (Julie Lescaut)
Original language: French
Publisher: Le Masque
Novelization: Tableau noir (J’ai lu, 1995), Charité bien ordonnée (J’ai lu, 1999) by Christine Arnaud

Television series started in: 1992
Producer: GMT (Lagardère) for TF1
Number of seasons: 22
Latest season broadcast: 2014
Transnational distribution: Yes

 

Case study rationale: 

Commissaire Julie Lescaut is the protagonist of a crime fiction series created by Alexis Lecaye for TF1 that lasted from 1992 to 2014. Julie Lescaut, played by Véronique Genest, is one of the most important female detectives of French television along with Femme d’honneur (Isabelle Florent/Corinne Touzet). Véronique Genest is also one of the only French actresses over 50 years-old to be filmed on French TV thanks to the longevity of the Julie Lescaut series (Arbogast, 2015). Julie Lescaut embodies “a popular feminism” (Sellier, 2010) since she is presented both as a strong woman who is promoted to chief officer in a suburban town (Les Clairières) managing a team of 24 policemen and 9 inspectors, and also as a single mother raising her two daughters (Sarah and Babou). In the series, Lescaut’s professional and private lives are interwoven. Julie Lescaut personifies the emancipated heterosexual white mother thanks to her duties as a paid civil servant (Sarah Lécossais, 2016). Julie Lescaut is a “human” and “accessible” character (Jost, 2001) – according to the “mimetic realism” promised to the spectators by the broadcasting channels – which makes her one of the most long-lasting heroic figures on French TV. Yet, she is also a perfect mother, a divorcée still friends with her ex-husband and an empathic boss: as an “edifying heroic figure” character (Lafon, 2012) she is the symbol of some kind of a mythical “superwoman”. This probably explains why CNEWS confused reality with the everyday-day life hero that Veronique Genest played for 12 years on French TV and interviewed the actress playing Julie Lescaut, Véronique Genest, as an expert on police racism and violence in a news broadcast on June 2020.

 

Online research resources

 

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Julie Lescaut first generic (TF1, 1992):

 

 Julie Lescaut trailer:

 

Julie Lescaut last episode: Mère et filles (23/01/2014)

 Véronique Genest interviews:

• About her carrier and her character Julie Lescaut (C à Vous, 2019):

  • Dangerous Liaisons between fiction and reality: when actress Véronique Genest is interviewed as an expert about George Floyd death and police violence on CNEWS (06/06/20):

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 Fan Blog of Julie Lescaut

 

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Facts on Julie Lescaut’s transmedia universe and production:

 A women detective : gender and TV shows:

Mathieu Arbogast, “Plus de leur âge ? La sexualité des femmes de 50 ans dans les séries TV au début du XXIe siècle”, Clio. Femmes, Genre, Histoire [En ligne], 42 | 2015, mis en ligne le 01 décembre 2018 (10/06/20)

Sarah Lécossais, “La fabrique des mères imaginaires dans les séries télévisées françaises (1992-2012)”, Genre, sexualité & société [En ligne], 16 | Automne 2016, 20/12/16, consulté le 11 juin 2020

Geneviève Sellier, “Cultural Studies, gender et études filmiques” in Cultural Studies : Genèse, objets, traductions [en ligne]. Paris : Éditions de la Bibliothèque publique d’information, 2010, consulté le 11 juin 2020)

Sarah Sepulchre. “6. Policier/scientifique, féminin/masculin dans les séries télévisées : Dépolarisation des caractérisations et réflexion sur les outils d’analyse” in L’assignation de genre dans les médias : Attentes, perturbations, reconfigurations [en ligne]. Rennes : Presses universitaires de Rennes, 2014 (consulté le 11/06/20).

Julie Lescaut as an heroic and edifying character:

Benoit Lafon, “Des fictions ‘toutes proches’ : une certaine identité de la France. Enjeux politiques des séries télévisées de France 3 en prime time (Louis la Brocante, Famille d’accueil, Un village français)”, Mots. Les langages du politique [En ligne], 99 | 2012, mis en ligne le 15/09/14, consulté le 10/06/20.

 • François Jost. “Séries policieres et stratégies de programmation”, Réseaux, vol. no 109, no. 5, 2001, pp. 148-170. 

 

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