Where were you born?
I was born in Lyon and I really love the city. I studied there too and there’s a great music community.
Where do you live?
In Boulogne-Billancourt, a suburb of Paris. I really like working in the exciting, vivid city of Paris but when I go back home, I enjoy returning to a peaceful environment, my little nest. Boulogne is a really friendly place and my apartment is very close to the Bois de Boulogne, which is perfect for sunbathing or football. I prefer sunbathing!
If money were no object, where would you live?
Either in Boulogne in a nice modern-style apartment with a huge terrace or in the 19th arrondissement near Riquet in an apartment facing the Seine.
Which city is your favourite shopping destination?
London is my favourite because you can create your own style. It’s less judgmental than Paris and there’s a great eccentric vibe! I like to shop for my stage outfits in the vintage shops there and in Paris.
Which are your favourite Paris stores?
Vintage shops like Omaya Vintage on rue Jean-Pierre Timbaud and Violette Sauvage, a really gorgeous vintage and designer shop on rue d’Aboukir. I discovered it very recently and I love it! It’s going to be my new treasure chest.
And your favourite restaurants?
I have been twice to the Blue Elephant near Bastille with my lover. It’s an amazing restaurant. The place is exotic and magical, plus the food is great. When my dad comes to Paris for my concerts, he always wants to try new restaurants and one of them just blew me away. It’s called l’Arôme, on rue Saint-Philippe du Roule in the 8th arrondissement, and it was perfect from beginning to end. It’s creative and surprising in terms of cuisine.
Do you have a favourite local café or bar?
I really like meeting my friends in Wildrik’s Bar. They have an excellent selection of mojitos and the deco has a cool, vintage feel.
Where do you take out-of-town friends?
If it’s their first time I would show them the Eiffel Tower, of course, and then I would suggest a walk through the 18th arrondissement close to Montmartre, including a stop for cupcakes at Miss Cupcake and some shopping at Orla Kiely on rue Tholozé and Roxan on rue Lepic.
Where do you like to celebrate?
Most of the time I like to organise celebrations in a park. I love spending time in parks. My favourites are André Citroën, Cité Universitaire, Bois de Boulogne and Buttes-Chaumont. I will celebrate my album release with a bottle of Champagne in one of them – that’s for sure. You’re all welcome to join me!
Which is the best landmark in Paris?
I love the Eiffel Tower. Before coming to Paris I didn’t understand why it had such power over people. Now I can say I fell in love at first sight. It is magic!
What insider tip would you offer for exploring the city?Don’t wear high heels and take time to wander around the different areas of the city. I would visit the Paris monuments on a bâteau mouche [pleasure boat], especially at night when everything is lit up – it’s magical!