Weather presenter with Down syndrome scores a hit

In this image provided by France Televisions on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, Melanie Segard, right, is assisted by France 2 weather presenter Chloe Nabedian during an undated training at France Televisions headquarters in Paris, France. Segard, who has Down syndrome, took to the airwaves Tuesday March 14, to present the weather on French national television, breaking ratings records for the broadcast.(Christophe Russel/France Televisions via AP)

PARIS (AP) – A young woman with Down syndrome presented the weather on French national television, attracting the biggest audience of the season.

France 2 said Wednesday that Melanie Segard’s presentation on Tuesday night drew 5.3 million viewers.

Segard, 21, arrived early at the network for hair and makeup and appeared about halfway through the weather report to present the weekend weather. She and the regular weather presenter ended the broadcast by clasping hands and embracing. Segard earned the chance after launching a Facebook petition called “Melanie can do it.”

“There we go; I did it,” she wrote on her Facebook page afterward. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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