Science 52' 90'

Saving Paris

Paris under water. The Concorde as a large lake. The Louvre and the National Assembly accessible by boat. The Seine invading the Georges Pompidou Hospital and the Élysée Palace. Do you find it hard to believe? Yet, such a scenario already happened in 1910. And it might happen again, today more than ever.

A paralyzed capital, thousands of evacuations, water, heating, electricity and telephone cuts, bridges closed, no subways for months... 5 million people could be affected and the damage could reach 30 billion euros. But for the last 15 years, all the institutions have been fine-tuning their anti-flooding plans. Everyday, dozens of scientists and experts are working on high-detail models to meet this challenge.

Through spectacular VFX, 3D and 2D animations, live footage, dramatized scenes, and along the experts who try to prevent it, this science documentary features this imaginary yet more and more likely flood, which might be of unprecedented scale due to global warming.

Direction: Mathieu Schwartz

Production: TSVP for France Télévisions

Delivery: November 2022

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