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

Pop music: Trip-hopping a la Francaise

Forget the Eurovision pap, French pop musicians have at last discovered creativity.

lyric sheets: French Pop

With acclaim coming in for acts such as Daft Punk and MC Solaar, French pop is now being taken seriously in the UK. A new French band, Air, also claim that French popsters are more culturally aware than their beer-swilling, TV-watching British counterparts

Independent spirit keeps British pop on a high note

The British and American film industries have been boosted this year by the majors investing in so-called independent film makers. The music industry could broadly be said to have done the same thing.

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THE EVENTS THAT; SAY BE HERE NOW

From The Prodigy to Anthony Powell, and Maggie Smith to Ewan McGregor, IoS critics offer their guide to the best in the arts in Britain this autumn

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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.

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

Swinging Paris: c'est cool, c'est top

Something new and fresh is happening to Paris. It's not just that the bars around the Bastille are busier than ever, new record shops and fashion stores are opening weekly, and more and more young, creative types are moving in. Or that over the last year street fashions and hairstyles have got funkier and more outrageous. Somehow, young Parisians have developed an infectious, almost delirious sense of optimism, catalysing something fresh from club culture - which they regard as a European, not simply British, phenomenon. And it comes with a notion of resistance that has long since been sublimated in Britain's club scene.

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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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