What's It Like to Be A 16-year-old In Paris Today? | i-D

What's It Like to Be A 16-year-old In Paris Today? | i-D

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In the latest episode of our 1616 series, sixteen 16 year olds in Paris discuss their thoughts on the issues affecting their generation – from the Notre Dame fire, to climate crisis protests and European unity.⁣⁣

How do their experiences at 16 compare to yours?

Director Tom Ivin
Exec Producer Declan Higgins
Global Head of Content Elektra Kotsoni
Editor-in-chief Alastair Mckimm

DOP Anna Gudbrands
Production Assistant Regina Lemaire-Costa

Colour Tim Smith at Cheat @timotheous
Colour Producer Olivia Jessop at Cheat
Dubbing Mixer Matt Cheney, Ben Sims

Production Manager Lauran Clark
Production Coordinators Becs Rainey, Georgia Chandler

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Editor-in-chief Micha Barban-Dangerfield
Editor Antione Mbemba

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  1. The Magician on May 14, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    I’m 16 & I’m nothing like any of them. Can’t relate at all.

  2. Rose W on May 14, 2021 at 5:11 pm

    Oui pour les vêtements et non pour la mentalité.. j’habite dans le 20 eme et non la jeunesse parisienne ne pensent pas forcément à sauver la planète ou quoi fin bref

  3. J. Scott on May 14, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    This isn’t even classist. These are 16 year olds who care about world issues and like their freedom.

  4. Akuos 02 on May 14, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    Please do one in Spain next time.

  5. Jennifer Bowen on May 14, 2021 at 5:13 pm

    This is great! I can tell you these kids are authentic. They are only a few, but they represent a realistic picture. And French teens do not all smoke anymore.
    Also, these are not rich kids, they are average French ados.

  6. PTGxUnis on May 14, 2021 at 5:16 pm

    enjoy ur 16 kids.. prepare yourself for your 20 later.. goodluck

  7. Luca Scarpato on May 14, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    Ight imma drop it! Niggas in paris

  8. Soy _boy9999 on May 14, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    I don’t know what they’re saying but I like how it sounds

  9. Ackash Kumar on May 14, 2021 at 5:17 pm

    I’ll leave this to the comments haha

  10. Feliciti on May 14, 2021 at 5:20 pm

    Les militantistes gauchistes qui ne connaissent rien à la vraie vie mais pensent avoir raison de prendre part à des manifestations et avoir des "convictions" (HAHA)

  11. Tirsit Enbackom on May 14, 2021 at 5:21 pm

    I’m jealous. I’m a teenager in America and this looks like a lot more fun.

  12. FPSReactions on May 14, 2021 at 5:25 pm

    Lived in Paris for 3 years. There’s definitely a lot of freedom. To be honest, rich kids either only wear really flashy hypebeast clothing like gucci or channel, or they try to dress like gangsters/roadmen cuz they think its cool. Normal kids in paris dress and style themselves like the kids on this video.

  13. Lyric Goddess on May 14, 2021 at 5:26 pm

    Americans please stop commenting on things you don’t know. I moved to a french country and this is exactly how the teens are.

  14. 花の雨Flo on May 14, 2021 at 5:27 pm

    Pk y a tout ses rageux dans les com wtf

  15. Christian Muñoz on May 14, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    Ces gosses ont l’air insupportable. Très belle publicité d’une minorité en déclin.

  16. Cornichon on May 14, 2021 at 5:32 pm

    on a compris ils sont pas riches , on trouve leurs vetements dans les friperies gneugneu tous le monde s’habille comme ça mais même , ça représente pas les jeunes de 16 ans de Paris ils ont pris que des jeunes qui rendent le reportage "esthetique" qui disent des trucs de puristes c’est éclaté.

  17. Chloé ablrd on May 14, 2021 at 5:35 pm

    Ils ont vraiment 16 ans ? Pcq franchement je me reconnais pas du tout dans cette vidéo. C’est ouf comment tout tourne autour de Paris. Cet adolescent c’est une minorité en France. La France c’est pas que Paris.

  18. Violet on May 14, 2021 at 5:36 pm

    Are y’all telling me that at the age of 16 y’all have freedom? 👁👄👁

  19. Lucy Sroka on May 14, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    SKINS… but French…

  20. ICE BEAR on May 14, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    do jakarta pls

  21. sam on May 14, 2021 at 5:40 pm

    I hate being American y couldn’t I have just been an artsy Parisian💔😐

  22. Eden Gonzalez on May 14, 2021 at 5:41 pm

    Lana del Rey

  23. Pippa caterpillar on May 14, 2021 at 5:41 pm

    hahaha quelle absurdité

  24. MNMNT on May 14, 2021 at 5:42 pm

    So basically, kids nowadays are all the same, generic mainstream

  25. woody on May 14, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    these videos could be really interesting but they have a lot on the surface and not much on the inside

  26. Thakur Ji on May 14, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    I was in France- as an exchange Studenten…they really were like that…style and everything

  27. Carlos Martinez on May 14, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    ton tonton tond ton thon

  28. Brr Neko on May 14, 2021 at 5:46 pm


  29. manuela paz grisales on May 14, 2021 at 5:47 pm

    French boiiisss↑↑

  30. Shino YT on May 14, 2021 at 5:48 pm

    Wow it’s nice running around without worrying about getting infected by a virus

  31. Shmendan on May 14, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    This is cosmopolitan bullshit. This is the most liberal elite and not representative of France. Showing literal European federalists…

  32. Marie Kouakou on May 14, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    y’all give hate to those kids. i don’t live in paris but i have friends that do. those kids are not rich,they might dress like they r rich but they r not, i luv how ppl are judging and saying they are "rich and spoiled" it’s their style frl. they like wearing adidas,nike and baggy jeans like kids in new york too so y’all stfu. And also a point..Parisian teens start smoking at 16 or before and for them it’s not illegal. nobody will call them out if they see teens smoking it’s like a normal thing for them

  33. getyourshitdone_ on May 14, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    Where are the black hustling teens?

  34. alyanna Bumanlag on May 14, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    Would love to follow them on ig does anyone know their @

  35. serial chiller on May 14, 2021 at 5:50 pm

    So realistic for French teens but not for Asian teens

  36. Nicole Flanagan on May 14, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    They should show teens with strict parents 🙂

  37. Clara Lacayo on May 14, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    can we have stockholm next!!!

  38. Rippi Tasar on May 14, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    16 in other countries : enjoying life
    16 in India : confused what to take PCMB or PCM or PCB ╮(╯_╰)╭

  39. Lori on May 14, 2021 at 5:53 pm

    Gosh I can relate to them😭😭❤️

  40. Mine light style on May 14, 2021 at 5:54 pm

    i dont like the video becouse i had to watch it becouse my english teacher thought that would be a very good exercise but this video is french what sense does that make!!!

  41. 13_ I Md Prahastana Wira Nanda on May 14, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    do the interview in Jakarta, Indonesia

  42. Fernanda Albuquerque on May 14, 2021 at 5:57 pm

    Omd j’adore tous

  43. Icy Mike on May 14, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    why do they look so old and I look like 14 yrs old 😂

  44. tamarin on May 14, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    im sorry. but im not used to hearing the language. but it sounds really funny.

    im chinese.

  45. Demxnbxyxo_999 on May 14, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    Paris really makes u feel like there’s no poor people there

  46. Hannaha on May 14, 2021 at 5:59 pm

    Massive skam vibes lmao

  47. Emma Moss on May 14, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    I’m happy I can understand this without captions lol. Claps to A level french

  48. Ana on May 14, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    ok, os franceses são lindos e muito estilososkkkkkk 😍👌

  49. 【rin rin】 on May 14, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    As a 16 year old parisian lemme tell you that this is what most of my friends are like and I purposely avoid rich kids so it really isn’t a class thing. Paris is considered the art capital for a reason ya know, it only makes sense that the youth would embody that

  50. Madame Durand on May 14, 2021 at 6:02 pm

    As a 16 years old parisian, I am ashamed to be represented by those guys