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This article focuses on the specificities of political biopics created by French television. First, this essay offers an overview of French televised fictional biography as it was forged over time on the narrative treatment of historical figures (Léon Blum, Charles De Gaulle, Georges Pompidou, François Mitterrand, Simone Veil, etc.) and facts (Popular Front, resistance fighting during the war, political campaigns, May '68, legalizing abortion, etc.). The second part of this survey focuses more particularly on the subjects of recent productions (2000s and after), which explore new types of writing, for example by utilizing archival documents that enrich the biopic genre. Finally, this contribution questions the different political stakes of the biopic as a historical and cultural representation of the French nation.