25 minutes of the programme were devoted to Francoise who sounded happy and relaxed speaking on the phone from Paris. There were no problems with her English. Some of the programme consisted of items we have heard before-collaboration with La Grande Sophy, the connection with The Poets of the Fall and her great liking for the group Cigarettes After Sex. Asked about working with Francois
Ozun she said it was "a stress" and laughed over whether "Personne d'autre" is her 24th studio album or not and that not even she knows how many she has made. Amy Lame said that the video of Le Large was almost like a guide to growing old gracefully and this made FH laugh. On working with Damon Albarn of Blur she said she thought he had something in common with Jacques and Thomas,it was a pleasure because he was so talented and relaxed but they were not working in a very good studio,many things were missing from the backing so she found it very difficult to sing on the tape. As for Iggy Pop,she had stage fright singing with him,and after the recording of "I'll be seeing you" they had dinner in a good restaurant with very good French Bordeaux wine. We heard about her listening to Radio Luxemburg when she was young. The songs she heard there together with French chanson were her main influences although she felt under no pressure to carry on the tradition of French chanson. The only problem with her first record company was getting them to agree to her recording her albums in London. Asked to pick something from her back catalogue she chose "Doigts" because it was her "last composition." She doesn't know why she called the song that but it was very private. She was very much in love at the time but it was very painful and most of the time that she regretted that the traces of the fingers of her lover didn't last long.
She considers the reception given to the new album to be "surrealistic." Asked whether she would be doing live shows she explained that she had given this up in 1968. She was not a stage artist like,say,Johnny Hallyday.Maybe she will appear on stage in her next life! Songs played: Le large,I'll be seeing you, Doigts, and Train special.