DIY, a French passion

DIY, a French passion

Households in France spend more than 3,000 euros to fit out their homes themselves. France 2 goes back in time to the origins of this French passion.

DIY, a French passion

The French cherish this hobby and all have a complete toolkit in the cupboards of their homes. The pleasure of shaping one’s home dates back several decades and has developed with the arrival of the 35h. With the consumer society, the first trade fairs in the sector were created and helped nurture this national passion. But DIY has long remained cloistered in the stereotypes of society with a very masculine image.

The DIY pioneers

“Do it yourself” nonetheless attracted a few pioneers in France in the 1960s. Daring housewives for the time courageously ventured into this land long reserved for men. “I’m interested in knowing how to do it“, Then indicated a woman. In the 70s, handymen in heels and miniskirts made their mark in this Sunday hobby thanks to the sexual revolution. Today, it is a business of professionals. Store shelves have grown and 3D printers are paving the way for ingenious new solutions such as robotics.