Les Copains D'abord - Georges Brassens

"Les Copains D'abord - Georges Brassens" has been shared to the blog from the French reading exercises section of the learning library where you can find a large selection of interactive texts to help you with your reading skills.

France’s iconic singer Georges Brassens was beloved for his warm voice, his beautiful use of informal French language, and his cheeky franc-parler. All lovely qualities that are reunited in his nostalgic anthem Les Copains D’abord, where he celebrates his simple yet heartwarming vision of true “friend-ship”. So raise a glass with your mates, and sing along together to Les Copains D’abord with our bilingual transcript below.

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Aurélie Drouard

Aurélie is our resident French Expert. She has created most of the wonderful content you see on the site and is usually the person answering your tricky help questions. She comes from a small village near Chartres in Central France, country of cereal fields and not much else. She left (in a hurry) to study English at the world-famous Sorbonne in Paris, before leaving France in 2007 to experience the “London lifestyle” - and never looked back! She's worked as a professional French teacher, translator and linguist in the UK since.  She loves to share her love of languages and is a self-professed cinema and literature geek!