Covid-19 crisis hastens dominance of digital world in French film and music sectors


One of the side effects of the coronavirus pandemic has been a shake-up in the world of culture, including in France. As cinemas have stayed closed and music festival and tours have been cancelled, online streaming has stepped in to satisfy consumer demand for new film releases and live performances. Critics fear that not only is the culture industry rapidly becoming concentrated into the hands of a few major global players, there is also a risk that the dominance of online in films and music will reduce cultural diversity for many people – especially the poorest. Mickaël Correia reports.

Oscar-winning French composer, musician Michel Legrand dies at 86

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Celebrated French musician Michel Legrand, whose approximately 150 film scores include those of 1964 classic The Umbrellas of Cherbourg, The Young Girls of Rochefort and The Thomas Crown Affair, and who was also a singer, conductor and jazz  player and composer working with a multitude of musical styles, has died at his Paris home at the age of 86.

Eagles of Death Metal dropped by French festivals over Bataclan comments

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Move came after singer Jesse Hughes suggested some concert hall security guards may have known in advance about November Paris attacks.

French composer Pierre Boulez dies at 90

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As well as a world-famous composer, Boulez was a prolific writer and pianist and renowned head of the Paris Philharmonic.

Famous French singer Michel Delpech dies

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French president François Hollande led tributes to 69-year-old music star whose songs reflected the mood of the 1960s and 1970s in France.

French radio goes to war with language quotas in fight for musical freedom

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Government plans law to stop radio stations circumventing rules that state that 40 percent of songs played must be in French.

Death of celebrated French singer and songwriter Guy Béart

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Béart, 85, whose career spans six decades, died of a heart attack as he walked to his hairdresser just nine months after a farewell concert.

Aging French rockers criticized for jobless jibe at young

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The song, which says young people can only succeed if they 'do something', has sparked a bitter generational row in France.

Maloya: The protest music banned as a threat to France

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The music from Reunion considered a threat to the French state in the 1970s is now being used to express the anger of a new generation.

French singer and songwriter Georges Moustaki dies at 79

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Moustaki wrote 300 songs including worldwide hits such as Edith Piaf's ‘Milord’ and was one of the most popular French singers of his generation.

Shooting instructor kills two in France over noisy party

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The 49-year-old man had earlier asked his downstairs neighbours in the town of Sete to turn down the music at the party they were hosting.

Songtime in Paris

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Paris is arguably the most sung about city in the world and now, for the first time in its history, an exhibition in sound and picture has been dedicated to the hundreds of songs and ballads about the capital reaching all the way back to the 16th century. Illustrating the enduring crush of generations of musicians for Paname, the popular nickname for Paris recurrent in 20th-century songs, the show is mirrored on an internet site that offers a virtual singing tour of the capital. Antoine Perraud reports.