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French radio wants to play English songs






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French radio stations are angry about a possible new government rule. DJs are already unhappy because they have to make sure that 40 per cent of the songs they play are in French. Now the government wants them to make sure the French songs are not the same popular hits or get a fine. Radio bosses say the new rule will make French people switch to music streaming services instead of listening to the radio to listen to American or British songs. Many French artists, such as Daft Punk and Phoenix, already sing in English so they can be popular around the world.

France says the new law is to protect its culture from American and British influences. It wants to stop the English language from getting deeper into French culture. The French music industry said the new law is necessary for the French language and French music. He said both "would lose out" if radio stations were, "allowed to do what they want when it comes to language". French musicians say the law is important to protect French musicians. One musician said: "It remains fundamental for French artists to have the chance of making a career out of music."

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