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The 1994 law was introduced in an attempt to stem an anglophone song invasion and foster home-grown talent.

As a result French record labels long preferred to take on francophone talent rather than compete with the likes of Coldplay.

But in recent years, a growing number of French singers have switched to English for their lyrics, seen as more suited to pop music and far more easily exportable.

The best female artist at this year's Victoires de la Musique – France's Mercury awards – was Yael Naim, a Franco-Israeli artist most of whose songs are in English.

As a result, the number of francophone albums released in France dropped from 718 to 158 between 2003 and last year.

Leading the charge for changes to the quota system is Jérôme Fouqueray, head of the radio stations Fun and RTL2.

"One cannot continue to ignore the new (music) scene which is not French-speaking, namely (groups) like Justice and Yael Naim etc, " he said.

While English-speaking French singers had never had so much success abroad, they were not being given a proper hearing back home, he claimed.

"The (quota) set-up must evolve, " he told Le Parisien newspaper.

Maryam Salehi of the NRJ radio group said: "How can you ask radio broadcasters to respect quotas if producers dry up the source (of French songs)?"

Defenders of French-speaking songs denied there was a dearth of new material.

"Granted, there are fewer French productions than ten years ago due to the record (industry) crisis. But last year we proposed 720 French-speaking titles to the radio, that's a 28 per cent rise on 2009, " said David El Sayegh, head of Snep, the body which protects the interests of the French record industry.

"However, music FM stations only use 15 singles to meet 90 per cent of their quota. They're terrified of new material."

CSA official Francine Mariani-Ducray said it was out of the question to include titles by French nationals sung in a foreign language in the quotas, as this was contrary to European legislation.

As the row rumbles on, the rise of French artists singing in English caused les Francofolies, a summer rock festival created to promote French-speaking talent, to create a new category. Not Ze Francos is reserved for English-speakers.


2005-10-10 15:21:17 by sarah38

Suggestions for French pop music?

I'm throwing a little housewarming party this weekend and am thinking of what cds to play. When I was in France, I heard a lot of stuff on the radio that I liked, but didn't know what it was (my French language skills SUCK). So, I thought that I'd write and ask you hip, lovely ladies for suggestions. I'm looking for something somewhat sophisticated and medium to upbeat... and am not opposed to checking out stuff from other places in Western Europe.... or perhaps Latin America if it's not too mariachi-sounding.
Thanks in advance!

2008-03-06 11:04:14 by brigitte

Les Nubians sing in French

As do some of the Afro-pop artists. Salif Keita sings in French a lot, for instance, as do Amadou and Miriam. West African French is usually very easy to understand because people speak, and sing, slowly, clearly, and correctly.
My friends had some French internet radio station on at their house a few weeks ago and I heard several things I enjoyed but I didn't listen hard enough to remember them. You might find some good music in French that way, though.

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