Plus belle la vie (also known by the acronym PBLV) is a French television soap opera created from an original idea by Hubert Besson and characters imagined by Georges Desmouceaux, Bénédicte Achard, Magaly Richard-Serrano, and Olivier Szulzynger. Broadcast from Monday to Friday on France 3 since August 30, 2004, it features the daily life of the inhabitants of an imaginary district of Marseille, the Mistral.
On July 11, 2008, Plus belle la vie reached the thousandth episode mark, which is a first in the history of French television, then the two-thousandth on June 8, 2012 and the three-thousandth on April 22, 2016.
Plus belle la vie stages day after day the daily life of the inhabitants of a fictitious district of Marseille, the Mistral.
The soap opera is organized around two main types of intrigue:
The personal life of the inhabitants of the Mistral, with their daily joys and worries, the evolution of loves and friendships.
Police intrigues (sometimes tinged with fantasy) in which the inhabitants of the Mistral are involved.