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France's Fillon insists President Hollande is behind efforts to tarnish him

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Mass graves bear witness to growing violence in DR Congo

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French far-right leader Marine Le Pen meets French troops in Chad

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Westminster attack: What response to parliament rampage? (part 2)

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Westminster attack: What response to parliament rampage? (part 1)

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A day in the life of an Indian entrepreneur

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Meet France’s newest indie darlings: "François and the Atlas Mountains"

France is known worldwide for its electro scene but in recent years these bands have also been enjoying success outside of the French-speaking market, with the likes of Phoenix, Daft Punk and M83 leading the way. Now, there’s a new wave of musicians hoping to jump on the bandwagon. Encore’s music critic Mark Thompson caught up with one such band, "François and the Atlas Mountains" who are already making waves on both sides of the English Channel.

Also on today’s show; it was dubbed one of the greatest hip hop albums of all time - now twenty years after Nas’ platinum record "Illmatic" hit the charts, it’s set for the big screen and a fresh release.

Plus we take you through the rest of the week’s music news, including how to get paid to attend the Coachella Festival. We also tell you what’s spinning on record store day so you don’t have to wade through the racks yourself.

By Jade BARKER

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2017-03-23 culture

French sculptor Rodin's Centenary exhibition

From a preview of Paris's hot new blockbuster exhibition for Auguste Rodin’s centenary to Iran's hidden art treasure trove and the official opening of Banksy's Walled Off hotel...

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2017-03-22 culture

Film show: 'Midwife', 'Beauty and the Beast' and 'Girl Asleep'

From the censorship issues of "Beauty and the Beast" to two of France's favourite actresses, Catherine Deneuve and Catherine Frot, facing off in "Midwife", plus "A Life...

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2017-03-21 culture

Syrian clarinetist Kinan Azmeh finds freedom in music

When the Syrian uprising began six years ago, Damascus-born clarinetist and composer Kinan Azmeh couldn't score a single note. Now, on his most recent album “Songs For Days To...

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2017-03-20 culture

Canadian band Bleeker talk burgers, booze and Paris

A band of brothers, with one from another mother: Canadian rock outfit Bleeker have hit a career high, picking up a nomination for Breakthrough Group of the Year at the Juno...

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2017-03-17 culture

Whose Line is it Anyway? Funnyman Greg Proops in the Hotseat

One of the funniest men around has written "The Smartest Book in the World". Comic, actor and podcast star Greg Proops is best known for his quick-fire wit on the hit improv...

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