Wander around the South Kensington neighbourhood of London as school finishes and you could be forgiven for thinking you’d been transported to a Parisian arrondissement.

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Wander around the South Kensington neighbourhood of London as school finishes and you could be forgiven for thinking you’d been transported to a Parisian arrondissement. Outside the Lycée Français Charles de Gaulle, next to the French Institute, the fast-paced chatter of French drowns out English as parents collect their children after a day’s studying.

But until now, the capital’s sizeable French community – numbering 400,000 and the largest non-English population in London – has lacked its own voice on the airwaves. While the cosmopolitan city has stations covering a multitude of tongues, Gallic tones have remained decidedly absent. Until, that is, midday yesterday and the launch of French Radio London (FRL), the brainchild of Pascal Grierson, an entrepreneur with a media consulting background.

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