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Daft Punk's wins raise spirits in France

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PARIS -- They're helmeted, mute and mysterious, and they're suddenly the pride of France.

Duo Daft Punk is doing something no other French music group has ever done: Bringing home four Grammy Awards in one night.

Congratulations poured in Monday from French media, tweeters and bloggers -- and the U.S. Embassy in Paris.

The multiple wins for the electronic music pioneers Sunday night was a rare bit of good news in France amid bleak reports on unemployment (stuck around 11 per cent) and the president's personal life (complicated).

The men behind the masks, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, kept their French accents carefully concealed at the Grammys. The two, who only appear in public behind helmets, left it to Pharrell Williams to accept their awards.

Daft Punk and Williams won in every category they were nominated in at the Grammy Awards, including album of the year for Random Access Memories and record of the year for the funk-electronic anthem Get Lucky. Daft Punk's retro, dance-flavoured album also included music veterans Nile Rodgers and Giorgio Moroder.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition January 28, 2014 D2

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