Arts and Entertainment French electronica act Daft Punk have been photographed at LAX airport minus their famous robotic helmets

The French electronica duo were photographed while going through security

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lyric sheets: French Pop

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Independent spirit keeps British pop on a high note

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THE EVENTS THAT; SAY BE HERE NOW

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Blur bigger than Prodigy shock! Well, in their county of origin at any rate. If speed of selling-out is anything to go by, Damon Albarn's born again art-rockers have already won the battle of the Essex giants - having now shifted all the tickets for tomorrow's first of the two days of V97 in Hylands Park, Chelmsford, while a few still remain for Liam, Keith and co headlining on Sunday. Things are different up North, with some tickets left for both days at Temple Newsam in Leeds, where the same two line-ups take to the stage in reverse day order and Embrace (on the Blur bill) fly a lonely flag for local talent.

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Today Paris, tomorrow the world...

A new generation of artists, musicians and designers is forging a fresh creativity that owes little to French tradition - or to Swinging London. Julie Street meets the nouveau-chic market leaders

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Fun Lovin' Criminals The Event, Brighton

Fun Lovin' Criminals are like a Domino's pizza. With a rumbling stomach at one in the morning, you think it's the best thing in the world, the only thing you could possibly eat and you get all over-excited and drooly at the thought. Then you buy one and find that it's actually fairly flavourless. Even so, you eat the whole thing just in case it gets fabulous in the last bite. I waited for Fun Lovin' Criminals to blow my mind. I was still waiting when they played their encore, when the house lights went up, and slightly less hopefully, when I put my key in the front door.

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Daft Punk plan to take dance music into the next millennium without showing their faces to the world. Which is just as well, because they're the most miserable musicians Emma Forrest has ever met
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