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Best of the French music scene

Our selection of top French bands playing in Paris


The tempestuous tones of Edith Piaf, the distinguished nostalgia of Charles Aznavour, the lascivious genius of Serge Gainsbourg and now-comical hits from the likes of Joe Dassin constitute a picture of chanson française that's as much as many people care to know about modern French music. But look around, and French artists have had international success in almost every genre – footballer turned rapper MC Solaar has a cult international following, while bands like Air and Daft Punk gave electronic music a whole new lease of life. Clubs around the world heave to the techno sounds of Laurent Garnier, and indie-poppers singing in English (M83) have made it abroad. But these are just the basics of a vibrant and varied scene that's heaving with talent, so it's well worth checking out local artists playing in Paris – keep track of the best French gigs with our selection below.


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