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How to (Be a French Pop Band and) Make It in America

Through an analysis of Daft Punk and Phoenix’s recent careers, a recipe for success may be unearthed for those French bands aspiring to win a Grammy or two.

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I Shall Be ‘Bref’: France’s New Empire, the Shortcom

The best show on French TV is only three minutes long. And it only aired for one year.

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Murder, They Watched: Are the French Obsessed with American Crime Drama?

Why are there so many American police procedurals on French TV? Is it because French women have a massive crush on David Caruso? This and other hypotheses come to mind...

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Lost In Translation, or, Why ‘The Hangover’ Can’t Just Be ‘The Hangover’

Thanks to translation, the cult '60s British show The Avengers is known to French viewers as Chapeau Melon et Bottes de Cuir, literally "bowler hat and leather boots", a title which could be misconstrued for a show about bondage tips and foot fetish.

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