On Écoute: Francis Cabrel

We explore the career of the Agen-born singer-songwriter Francis Cabrel, a guitar-playing troubadour whose sensitive lyrics and catchy melodies make him utterly beloved in France. His popularity is such that one of his albums –...

On Écoute: Syd Matters

Mellow tunes for daydreamers Perhaps it's the pandemic dreaming, reminiscing about better memories and simpler seasons, when drowsy, summer evenings were easy and carefree. Something in the air these days is warping us straight back...

On Écoute: Charlotte Gainsbourg

Being famously shy (or shyly famous) has never hampered Charlotte Gainsbourg. The 46-year-old is one of France's humblest sweethearts, despite a life in the limelight (unavoidable, really, with parents as renowned as Jane Birkin and...

On Écoute: Yael Naïm

Singer, songwriter, citizen of the world... Born in Paris to Tunisian parents and raised in Israel, Naïm considers herself a citizen of the world. She returned to Paris at age 21 where she began composing...

What to See and Do in Vaucluse

From arts to architecture and food to music, there is something for everyone in this stunning département Related article: Vaucluse, The Beating Heart of Provence APT La Maison du Fruit Confit See how this deeply-Provençal delicacy, a favourite...

On Écoute: Thomas Dutronc

Mild-mannered manouche star with new album If it’s flawless musical heritage and easy cool that you want from your French pop stars, then you need look no further than Thomas Dutronc. For a start, his...

On Écoute: Jeanne Added

Between her ’80s-style synth, English lyrics and peroxide-blonde crop, Jeanne Added stands out from the crowd...which is exactly why she was named Female Artist of 2019. Every year since 1985, the Victoires de la Musique...

On Écoute: Alain Souchon

Evergreen, ever wistful chanteur rides on. Award-winning Alain Souchon, performing in his trademark skinny black tie with shirt unbuttoned at the neck, is in no danger of declining in popularity. Casablanca-born and raised in Paris, diminutive...

On Écoute: Charles Aznavour

Perhaps France’s greatest ever singer-songwriter Charles Aznavour sang of love, but also of nostalgia and the tragedy of lost youth. Here we revisit a musical master. Born to a French-Armenian family in Paris in 1924, Charles...

On Écoute: French Kiwi Juice

Liquid beats for the beach (or anywhere, really) Why French Kiwi Juice? Because the man behind the moniker, Vincent Fenton, is half French and half Kiwi. The more you know! Just like his name, the tunes...