|Created by||Patrick de Carolis|
|Presented by||Ophélie Meunier
Patrick de Carolis (1993-1997), Florence Dauchez (1997-1998), Bernard de la Villardière (1998-2005), Anne-Sophie Lapix (2005-2006), Mélissa Theuriau (2006-2012)
|Country of origin||France|
|No. of episodes||19 seasons|
|Running time||120 minutes|
|Production||M6 (TV channel)|
|Original release||7 March 1993 -|
Zone interdite (pronounced [zon tdit], literally "Prohibited area") is a French newsmagazine that has been broadcast since 7 March 1993 on M6, the second-most watched TV network in the French-speaking world. Well known for its investigative journalism, the show has long been considered one of the most influential in France and has been awarded the 7 d'or (France's most prestigious TV award) for best newsmagazine on TV. It is currently presented by Ophélie Meunier.
Zone Interdite (often nicknamed Zone) is broadcast on M6 once every two weeks on Sunday prime time, and the following Tuesday at night. Summer shows are broadcast on a different schedule in July and August.
The idea behind the show is best defined by its name: Zone Interdite meaning Forbidden Zone in French. It deals with the most important and sensitive social and political issues of the time, in order to give the public the best possible insight and to drive general and political attention on them.
It has also been at the edge of such sensitive social issues as Prostitution,Poverty,Cults and Right to housing, driving public, media and political attention to these issues at a time they were not properly addressed by policymakers.
The show was created by famous French journalist Patrick de Carolis and was first aired on 7 March 1993. At that time Carolis - who later become CEO of France Television - was M6's Head of Programming.
Starting in December 1995, the show was broadcast every two weeks, instead of once a month.
In June 1999, 7.5 million people watched the special show about prostitution, which has been considered as a starting point for France's renewed lawmaking on the issue.
In 2000, the show was awarded the 7 d'or (France's most prestigious TV award) for best newsmagazine on TV.
In 2002, Zone Interdite celebrated its 200th show, in 2003, its 10 years on air, in 2008 its 15th anniversary. In 2011, it started its 19th season, making it one of the longest running French TV shows.
In 2006, Melissa Theuriau was appointed Zone Interdite's new anchor. The same year, the Daily Express voted her the world's most beautiful news reporter. She was similarly voted "TV's sexiest news anchor" by readers of the US edition of Maxim. In May 2007, she was voted most beautiful woman in the world in the French edition of FHM.
Zone Interdite was presented by: