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Noughties nostalgia

Noughties nostalgia
 
At the Cannes film festival Cyril Etienne/ RFI

A look back at France during the "noughties" – the ’00 years: we round up some of the best French music and films from the first decade of the 21st century. We look at the big screen, the iPod invasion, the return to turntablism, African influences on French pop music and the rise of Charlotte Gainsbourg.

  • The bawdy joy of Georges Brassens

    The bawdy joy of Georges Brassens

    George Brassens, the French pipe-smoking poet-singer, died 30 years ago. Paris's Cité de la musique celebrates both the music and the free-thinking man in a big, joyful, …

  • Poets in France herald in the spring

    Poets in France herald in the spring

    For the 13th year, the nationwide Printemps des poètes (Springtime of the poets) festival is a daily reminder that while you can live without poetry, life is a whole …

  • Finding angels on France's problem estates

    Finding angels on France's problem estates

    An artist from Texas is helping one of France’s most stigmatised housing estates to revamp its image thanks to innovative art projects, which introduce teenagers to flesh-eating …

  • Serge Gainsbourg 20 years on

    Serge Gainsbourg 20 years on

    France this week celebrates the 20th anniversary of the death of Serge Gainsbourg, one of the major French music personalities of the 20th century. Alison Hird looks …

  • The campaign for surrogate motherhood in France

    The campaign for surrogate motherhood in France

    Gestational surrogacy, where a woman carries and gives birth to another woman's baby, is forbidden in France. Yet every year some 300 infertile couples turn to surrogate …

  • Classic cars on show at Rétromobile

    Classic cars on show at Rétromobile

    The annual classic car fair in Paris, Rétromobile, is now in its 36th year. Among the 400 vehicles on show, are the Mazda which won the Le Mans 24 hour race, 11 Aston …

  • In France they shoot school kids, don’t they?

    In France they shoot school kids, don’t they?

    In the heated, ongoing debate about what’s wrong with France’s education system, little mention is made of what happens in the classroom itself. A British academic says …

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