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As Britain in the 90s frothed over Britpop, on the other side of the Channel the French were having their own patriotic music awakening, thanks to the French Touch, a one-size-fits-all term applied to the disco-led house music that filtered its way out of Paris in the mid to late 90s.

At the time, it seemed the two could hardly be more different: Britpop was a brand of Kinks-ian guitar music designed for lagery indie discos, while the French Touch combined smooth house beats, disco bass lines, French chic and sophisticated night clubs. It’s only now, looking back from 20 years on that I can see how much they have in common.

Patriotism and awakening

Britpop was seen as solidly British pop, long marginalised from its 60s boom, patriotically returning to claim its rightful chart crown.

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