French TV hit Lupin returns for second series

Five months after it became the first major streaming hit of 2021, Lupin will return on Friday with fans desperate to see how Omar Sy's gentleman-burglar escapes the latest cliffhanger.

French TV hit Lupin returns for second series
Lupin star Omar Sy. Photo: John Macdougall/AFP

Netflix delivered only the first five episodes of the show in January, inspired by the cat-and-mouse novels of Maurice Leblanc from the early 20th century, because the pandemic interrupted filming last year.

Sy plays Assane Diop, a fan of the novels who uses the character of Lupin as he seeks vengeance for his wrongly-accused father.

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The combination of a charismatic lead, Parisian backdrops and an undercurrent of race relations made it the first bona fide made-in-France hit for Netflix, which is investing heavily in the country.

But despite the winning ingredients, Sy himself seemed rather perplexed when asked why it was so popular.

“I really don’t know!” he told reporters at a Netflix round-table, laughing.

“When something like that happens the thing is just to embrace it and don’t try to understand. It’s just beautiful, I’m very happy and thrilled.”

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Writer George Kay, who also helped pen recent TV hits Criminal and Killing Eve, said the season takes a tense turn in the second half.

Assane finds himself “in a conflicted situation: do I keep pushing to get revenge for my father or do I focus on being a good dad,” he said at the round-table.

But Kay, who worked alongside French writer Francois Uzan, said Lupin remained a family-friendly show and “the central thing is to make it as fun as possible”.

Paris retains its starring role in the new season, with the Musee d’Orsay, catacombs and Chatelet Theatre making for sumptuous backdrops to the action.

Dubbed into some 15 languages, and subtitled into 30, Lupin topped the Netflix charts in a dozen countries in January, including the first time a French show had done so in the United States.

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The company said 76 million households watched the first instalment in the first 28 days after its release, beating its main non-anglophone rival, the Spanish crime drama La Casa de Papel (which clocked 65 million household views for its fourth series).

It was a much-needed boost for Netflix after its first foray into the French market, 2016’s Marseille, was panned by critics.

The streaming giant had a rocky start to its relations in France, where it has sometimes been viewed as a threat to the country’s beloved cinemas.

But having opened a swanky new Paris headquarters last year, Netflix has made significant in-roads, partnering with creative associations and schools, and announcing a major production boost for 2021, with 27 films, series and documentaries in the pipeline.

Lupin has also been a boost for French bookshops, with new editions of Maurice Leblanc’s classics racking up more than 100,000 sales since January, according to publisher Hachette.

A smart social media campaign has also helped the show, with one ad featuring Sy in disguise putting up a poster on the Paris Metro.

A recent post snuck a web address ( into a trailer. The website revealed that a third instalment of Lupin is already on the way.

Member comments

  1. Lupin is back! Can’t wait to start watching. I live in the US and I love hearing my language spoken. Also, the show is of such great quality. Thanks everyone for getting us more Lupin.

  2. The Local has been a great source of information for me. I have lived in the US for 30 years and have missed not knowing what goes on home. Thanks The Lo al for quality reporting.

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Three things to know about the new Paris cheese museum

The Musée Vivant du Fromage is due to open its doors in early June, promising a unique immersive and interactive journey into France’s ‘culinary and terroir heritage’.

Three things to know about the new Paris cheese museum

Paris will soon be home to a cheese museum.

The venue, on Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île, in the fourth arrondissement, will open to visitors on June 3rd, sending – no doubt – clouds of cheesy odours wafting daily down the street.

It will be at the same location as the former restaurant ‘Nos Ancêtres Les Gaulois’ (Our ancestors the Gauls), with the objective of becoming “an essential meeting place” for cheese lovers, as well as both novices and professionals within the industry.

Here are a few things to know about the new cheese museum;

It will be interactive

Fans of camembert, chèvre, brie, morbier, Roquefort and brebis, assemble! The museum promises an educational and fully interactive tour of France’s historic cheese heritage, including the science and varied tradition of cheese-making.

The first portion will give an overview of the ‘culture’ of cheese. Then, you will learn about its history, as well as how it is made and finish off with a tasting (dégustation).

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There’s a dairy and creamery

Part of the tour features a fully functional dairy, where visitors can witness cheese being produced before their very eyes. 

There are two goals for this part of the museum – to help people discover the different regions of France and their iconic cheeses, as well as to encourage young people  to consider careers in the farming and dairy industry, which is enduring something of a recruitment crisis in France.

You will also be able to purchase cheese and souvenirs at the museum’s boutique.

It can host private events

The museum can be booked for private catered events for up to 150 people in the evenings, from 7pm, with or without the services of a cheese expert, who can guide guests through tastings and demonstrations. 

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Tickets are advertised at €20 for adults and €10 for children. For more information and to book a visit, log on to website of the Musée Vivant du fromage. Blessed are the cheese makers!