Le Top Des Pops


20050820 (R4)

French pop used to be a contradiction in terms, in fact a bit of a joke.

A diet of Edith Piaf and cheesy Sacha Distel was only really for card-carrying Francophiles.

For decades, the scene was dominated by leather-clad rocker Johnny Halliday, Francoise Hardy's waif-like beauty and Jane Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg gasping their way through the sexy classic 'Je t'aime, moi non plus'.

Now French pop has officially become cool, worldly-wise and full of secret delights.

French expat Muriel Zagha goes back to her roots to sample the great vintages of contemporary French music, listening to the different voices of French pop and exploring the culture and attitudes that shaped them.