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

By Mickaël Correia
Neighbours in the United States watch the 'One World : Together At Home' online concert on April 18th 2020. © AFP Neighbours in the United States watch the 'One World : Together At Home' online concert on April 18th 2020. © AFP

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.