I met Jarre, 44, at the Odeon cinema in Leicester Square last week, where he was posing for photographers before a model set of the make-believe city he will cart around Europe for his concerts. When you get used to his aphorisms - 'music is an adventure through time' is a favourite - you discover he talks a lot of sense.
We Europeans, he says, don't need lessons from Brussels bureaucrats on how to be European. We have known this for centuries. Europe's strength is its diversity. For one thing, our culinary tastes are quite different (this, you will agree, is a very tolerant thing for a Frenchman to say). Shakespeare,
Mozart, Picasso are common to us all and have nothing whatsover to do with Maastricht. And so he goes on. 'The Japanese make the best synthesisers - they are our Stradiavaris - but only Europeans can give the instrument soul.'
When he told me he would have 50- odd roadies from Spain, Britain, France, Germany and Italy on his tour I asked what language they would use. 'Broken European,' Jarre replied.