Bordeaux, Impressionism – and Daft Punk? Duo’s Grammy wins boost French pride

PARIS — They’re helmeted, mute and mysterious, and they’re suddenly the pride of France.

Duo Daft Punk did something no other French music group has done: Brought home four Grammy Awards in one night.

Congratulations poured in Monday from French media, tweeters and bloggers — and even the U.S. Embassy in Paris. “See, France is capable of winning!” said commentator Jean-Jacques Bourdin on BFM-TV.

The multiple wins for the electronic music pioneers Sunday night were 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.

While those in the French masses celebrate Daft Punk’s repeated trips to the podium at the Staples Center

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