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.
An online campaign using the #MelaniePeutLeFaire, or “Melanie can do it,” supported Segard in reaching her dream. Her Facebook fan page reached more than 250,000 likes in less than a month, smashing her original goal of reach 100,000.
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.
"There we go; I did it," she wrote on her Facebook page afterward.
A Facebook video of Segard's broadcast has already been seen by 5 million people.