French channels with the largest number of subscribers on YouTube 2017

The comedy YouTube channels of Cyprien and Norman fait des vidéos were the two leading Youtube channels in France as of October 2017. At that time, Cyprien recorded 11.39 million subscribers, while Norman fait des videos ranked in second with 9.88 million followers. 

YouTube’s success storys

  Beside music channels, most of the YouTube channels in this ranking are comedy channels moderated by young adults around topics regarding everyday life situations and problems of younger generations, as well as joking about the adult life from a Millennial perspective. These YouTubers have contributed to the professionalization of YouTube video-making, going from self-made clips at home to sponsored videos. Other channels like that of Rémi Gaillard are pranks channels, well known for his provocation style of humor.

YouTube usage in France

  Already in 2015, 40 percent of young Internet users in France stated to use YouTube everyday or almost daily. As of 2019, a survey shows that 20 percent of French respondents used YouTube daily, an increase of four percentage points since 2018. According to Médiamétrie’s estimates of social media usages among French, 70 percent of the time spent watching YouTube videos was on a mobile device.
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Ranking of YouTube channels in France as of October 16, 2017, by number of subscribers
(in millions)
Number of subscribers in millions
Cyprien11.39
Norman fait des vidéos9.88
Squeezie8.98
Remi Gaillard6.42
Warner Bros. Pictures4.58
CyprienGaming4.51
TheSoundYouNeed4.25
Mister V4.04
The Yellow Laugh3.97
Tibo InShape3.87
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