At the end of this month, Minitel will finally go offline, ending a brave experiment in French exceptionalism.The surprise is that the network has lasted so long.Watch live webcam sex videos of France girls as they broadcast themselves for Free at Chat Planet.
Older people, like Claudette, 80, say they will be devastated when they lose their little terminals.
Minitel had chat lines where people could commentate on world events, or their own lives, long before the blogosphere. Access was pay-as-you-go or by subscription and – especially in the case of the sex lines on the "Minitel Rose" or "pink Minitel" – could be very expensive.
There was even an abbreviated Minitel language, rather like "text speak", such as "slt, té ki? )But Minitel, compared with the web, had many limitations. The imminent demise of the Minitel has produced a surge of reminiscences on the early days of the service. Gerome Nox, a veteran male French pop musician, admitted this week to the newspaper Libération that he had in a previous life been "Julie", an "animatrice" or hostess on one of the first Minitel text-sex lines. It was to the point and crude." After a while he realised that "my Julie" had become "disagreeable, wicked and odious".
"I use it several times a week to consult my accounts," she said.
"I have a little table with my Minitel, my telephone and my answering-machine. "Gérard Neyret has been campaigning for three years for the Minitel system to be preserved.