The inaugural French-Australian Music Business Meetings, held in Sydney this week, have yielded immediate deals.

The meetings, held Nov. 20 to 22, were organized by the Paris-based French Music Export Australia, the French Embassy in Australia, and the Australian government's export body Austrade.

Execs from five French companies met 25 representatives of the Australian music sector, who briefed them on the extent of success for French language records down under, and opportunities for them in touring, catalog licensing, publishing and synchronization.

As a result, French acts including Tete, Babylon Circus, Nouvelle Vague, Solal and Emmanuel Seigner will tour here next year, reports Jean-Jacques Garnier, Sydney-based attache at the French embassy.

"The feedback we've got has been excellent, and we will continue to work with Austrade," he tells Billboard.biz. There are plans for another meeting between execs from the two countries at MIDEM, Cannes, in January, and another trade mission plans to attend the Big Sound conference in Brisbane late 2008.

Babylon Circus is already confirmed to make its Australian live debut at the Woodford Festival in Queensland next month. The act's manager Ben Herbiere says he initiated talks with promoters during this week to bring the act back for Australian festivals in the first half of 2008. "I'm amazed at how much Australian audiences know of French music and culture," he says. Herbiere also found publishing partners for his Akirira Records label.

David Abplanalp-Estime, co-founder of Third Side Records, tells Billboard.biz that he is close to finalising a deal to release French act Cocosuma early 2008 in Australia and New Zealand, and to include a number of unsigned Australian acts on its compilation of new international acts called "Tape That".

Camille Damoiseau, production manager of Sakifo Records -- a label, festival and management company based on French-speaking Reunion Island in the Indian Ocean -- was in Australia to find acts for its annual Sakifo Musik Festival. It is held each August with mostly acts from countries in the Indian Ocean, and this year drew 45,000 people, according to Damoiseau. She reports a platinum selling Sydney-based singer songwriter is close to being signed to appear at the 2008 festival., adding: "We are also talking with an Australian hip hop band."

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