Radio: The French Touch

France's most popular radio show is Music Hall de Paris. Last week, as they usually do, some 400 Frenchmen crowded into the 250-seat Rue Washington studio to watch the broadcast. They did not expect much. Every Frenchman knows that French radio is terrible (see cut). The only dependable thing about the 43 stations in Radio Diffusion Française is program quality. It is always poor.

At the Rue Washington studio, the décor is pinball-palace modern, badly beat up. The carpet is worn through, the stained orange velveteen seats are mostly out of whack. Cigaret butts smaller than a little fingernail mat the floor,...

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