Pornography mogul Marc Dorcel found an avalanche of users eager to cash in on his bet. (Image provided by Getty)
There are a few things we learned when France dug themselves out of a huge hole and qualified for the World Cup against Ukraine:
- Never bet against the down-but-not-out Les Bleus
- The French have an affinity for bets involving nudity
First on the docket, one of France’s biggest pornography producers (so we’ve heard), Marc Dorcel. Owner of website of a mature nature, Dorcel offered to remove the pay wall on his site if France managed to qualify.
Once the final whistle blew and France were through, Dorcel’s site crashed in 45 seconds. To Dorcel and his staff’s credit, they tried to protect themselves against the droves of members looking for free content, but alas, accidents happen.
Of course, it shouldn’t have come as a surprise. We all know how guys react to free porn:
Ghislain Faribeault, Dorcel’s Vice President of Media, told the French press:
"Seeing the score change in a positive way, we started to try and beef up our servers and prepare for scalability. We decided this operation in a bit in a hurry. But we did not expect such a result!"
Luckily, it seems nobody left empty-handed. Dorcel’s company quickly set up additional website to help handle the load, and users got the free media they were assured.
Now, not to be outdone, French weathercaster Doria Tillier had a lot of the web wondering if she’d come through on her promise to do the weather in the buff once Les Bleus sealed their ticket to next year’s summer bash in Brazil.
Tillier has seen some time on the silver screen as well as the TV screen. (Image: Getty)
Well, Tillier came through on her promise. Indeed, scantily glad in nothing but a pair of boots, Tillier ran around a lush green field while cheering:
You didn’t really expect to SEE anything unmentionable, did you? It might be foreign TV, but there ARE standards of decency.
Speaking of decency, our favorite part of the video? The sound of nearby church bells ringing as Tillier frolics about. We’re hoping nobody saw anything too titillating.