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Carla Sings and Talks - Everywhere

(July 11, 2008)  The publicity campaign to accompany the release of her third album is in full swing, and France's first lady, Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has been doing the rounds here to promote "Comme si de rien n'était. " On Thursday, the eve of the album hitting the stores, she spent a punishing day talking to the ..

Adieu PPDA

(July 10, 2008)  There was an end of a television era here yesterday as Patrick Poivre d'Arvor, affectionately known in this country as PPDA, made his final broadcast as anchorman on TF1's prime time news slot. Think of a news anchor in your own country, someone who has been around for donkeys years and at a ..

France Honours Kylie

(May 05, 2008)  It's official, as if anyone had any doubt. The Aussie pop chanteuse, Kylie Minogue, is now a cultural icon, at least as far as the French are concerned. On Monday Minogue became a chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et Lettres (a knight of the order of Arts and Letters) in a ceremony presided over by ..

France Null Points

(April 17, 2008)  It's fast approaching that time of year again, which many music aficionados dread. The Eurovision Song contest takes place on May 24 and already some French are getting their knickers in a twist over their entry. For the first time since the competition started in 1956 the song representing this ..

Death of a Poet

(April 17, 2008)  How to honour a giant of French literature who has had a unique place in the hearts and conscience of the country for the best part of the last 50 years? That's the question that many are posing after the death on Thursday at the age of 94 of the poet and political activist, Aimé Césaire. There ..


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