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French radio wants to play English songs






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French DJs are angry about a new government rule. They are already unhappy because 40 per cent of the songs they play must be in French. Now the government wants them to make sure the French songs are not the same hits, or get a fine. The new rule could make people switch to music streaming services instead of listening to the radio. Many French artists, such as Daft Punk, already sing in English so they can be popular around the world.

The new law is to protect French culture and language from the English language. French musicians said the new law is necessary for the French language, musicians and music. They said both "would lose out" if radio stations were, "allowed to do what they want when it comes to language". One musician said: "It remains [important] for French artists to have the chance of making a career out of music."

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