French voice-over agency
French voice-over production made simple
Matinée Multilingual has been setting the quality standards in the UK’s French voice-over recording industry for over 30 years, from our recording studios in Reading. We offer a comprehensive range of voice-over recording services, and subtitling services in French and over 80 other foreign languages.
We have a good selection of the very best French voice-over talent available, and you’ll find our voice costs and studio rates to be less than many other agencies offering exactly the same service. We’ll make sure the chosen French voice artist gives you the very best rate for the job, and we’ll negotiate down on repeat fees and broadcast rates on your behalf.
Our French voice artists are talented and experienced in a whole range of different voiceover projects, from audiobooks, to e-learning narration, to adverts. Whatever the type of voice you need, we’ll be sure to help you find it from our selection of French voice talent.
We can record wild or sync to picture, and deliver the audio back via FTP. When required, we can also re-mix your new French voice-over recording with the existing music and effects track, and send you a fully mixed video soundtrack.
To check the availability of our French voice-artists and to confirm costs, please contact us using the Quick Quote form below, and we’ll respond within the hour. Or, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on +44(0)118 958 4934.
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Featured French Voice Talent
We have a large database of French voice talent for you to choose from, no matter what type of voiceover project you’re working on.
Here is a selection of French voice talent who we regularly work with, but if you don’t find what you’re looking for, we have a committed talent management team who will help you source the perfect French voice for your needs, and at a price that won’t blow your budget.
Our experienced and dedicated team are ready to answer your questions about anything, from selecting a voice actor, to the rest of the recording process.
Play and download French voice demos, add them to your Quick Quote
French narrator for Agence Comeen web video
StudioLab required a French voice-over to narrate a Agence Comeen web video. The video takes a prominent place on their website home page, so they required a leading French voice-over agency to cast the ‘perfect’ voice actor to represent their company.We selected Olivier because his voice is authoritative, friendly and energetic. We recorded the script wild, and delivered as a wav file, ready for StudioLab to complete the animation.
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A short history of the French language
Early development of the French language was also influenced by the native Celtic language, Gaulish, as well as the Frankish language of post-Roman Germanic invaders.
The various dialects that evolved during the 9th to the 12th century – different enough from Latin by now to be considered a separate language – are known as Old French. Francien, spoken in and around Paris, became the prevailing dialect – and the basis for standard French – as the city grew in importance.
During the Middle French period (14th – 16th century), under the influence of the Renaissance, many Italian and Greek words were borrowed. In 1635 Cardinal Richelieu founded the French Academy to maintain the purity of the language as it moved into the Modern French period. Today the structure of Modern French remains comparatively close to Middle French.
From the 17th century onwards, the French language was taken out into the world with the expansion of the French colonial empire – notably to north and west Africa, and north America.
Which countries have French as a national language?
French is spoken as an official language in the following countries:
Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, France, Gabon, Guinea, Haiti, Ivory Coast, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mali, Monaco, Niger, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Switzerland, Togo, Vanuatu.
It is also spoken officially in these dependent entities:
Aosta Valley, Clipperton, French Polynesia, French Southern and Antarctic Lands, Jersey, Guernsey, New Caledonia, Saint Barthelemy, Saint Martin, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Walllis and Futuna.
French is an official language of all United Nations agencies.
How many people speak French as their first language?
It is estimated that around 110 million people worldwide speak French as their first language, with a further 190 million people speaking it as their second language.
In Canada approximately 25% of the population speak French (mostly in Québec, where 95% of the province’s population speak it as their first or second language). In Europe, 45% of Belgians and 20% of Swiss speak French. In Africa, the language is most commonly spoken in Gabon (80% of the population), Mauritius (78%), Algeria (75%), Senegal and Ivory Coast (70%).
Did you know…
- After English, French is the second most studied foreign language in the world, and the only other language to be taught in every country in the world. It plays an important role as a lingua franca, particularly in Africa.
- Historically, French was also the lingua franca of educated Europe, during the period when France was the continent’s leading power (from the 17th to 19th century). The Russian, German and Scandinavian courts all spoke French as their main language.
- There is much variation in accents and vocabulary across different regions of France. Many argue that the classic pronunciation of the language is that used in Touraine (around Tours and the Loire Valley).
- In some parts of France different dialects or native languages are spoken, such as Occitan (officially a French dialect) and Breton (a Celtic language with little in common with French). Up until the early 20th century it was actually declared treason by the French government to speak these languages.
The French economy
In nominal figures, France has the fifth largest economy in the world, and the second largest in Europe (after Germany).
Major industries include agriculture, aerospace, automotive, pharmaceuticals and industrial machinery. France boasts 39 of the 500 biggest companies in the world, with Paris ranking as the second most important location in the world for company headquarters (after Tokyo). The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has its headquarters in Paris.France has the third highest income in the world from tourism, with 75 million visitors a year.
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Brian and Philippe…love them!! What a great call to brighten up my day! They were so professional and so funny and I could tell the client was really happy 😊
Philippe is definitely the best VO artist I’ve heard since being at Sponge! Just wow!
Pleasure to work with
Pleasure to work with these guys. Hugh and the team couldn’t do enough to help and keep us informed throughout our customer journey. Highly recommended!
Delivers great work, right on time
We’ve used Matinée for several projects, from video editing to translations of marketing materials, and they’re always a great pleasure to work with. Any requests are answered right away. We’ve had tight deadlines, but we’ve never worried as the team at Matinée delivers great work, right on time.
Fantastic to work with
The team at Matinée are fantastic to work with. They are really communicative, helpful and turned around the work as quickly as possible. I have no complaints at all and we will definitely be getting back in contact when we next need subtitles.
Matinée is a company I can trust
I’ve worked with Matinee for well over 20 years, and continue to go back to them because of trust; a trust in their commitment to fulfilling the needs of my project, and a trust in the quality of their work.
I use Matinee a lot for subtitling projects
I use Matinee for a lot of subtitling projects and they never fail to meet the deadlines. Great customer service and fast responses. Well done to the entire team.
Friendly and efficient service
The speed of response, and friendly, efficient service from all staff was quite exceptional. Matinee particularly stands out by putting the customer’s needs first, even when the job is relatively small and a bit of a technical challenge. I would strongly recommend Matinee for any subtitling work.
A fantastic company to work with
A fantastic company to work with. Fast email responses, rapid delivery of audio files, and all with positive and warm personalities shining through! Thank you Matinée for a wonderful customer experience.
They are always well organised
Very pleased with a number of projects completed by Matinée. They are always well organised, providing clear expectations, organisation, efficiency and always deliver a quality product on time. Recommended.
Quick response to meet my deadline
I have to mention the quick response of Sally and Nicole to my last minute request. They both understood the urgency of my need, and helped me complete the recording to hit my deadline.