Montreal-based Distribution Fusion III will begin handling the promotion, marketing and distribution of EMI Music France's French-language repertoire in Canada, effective May 28th. The catalog had been distributed in Canada by EMI Music Canada.

EMI Music France's catalog includes product by Charles Aznavour, Renaud, Julien Clerc, Alain Souchon, Françoise Hardy, Etienne Daho, Raphaël, Diam's, Yann Tiersen, Cali, and Mickey 3D.

"It's a landmark deal for us since we've always considered the development of our French speaking artists in Canada a key part of our business," says Laurence Muller, head of EMI Music France' International Development. "We're confident that the expertise Fusion III has in the market will make them the powerful link needed to ensure the continued success of EMI France's artists."

Jim West, president Distribution Fusion III, adds, "We see this as a solid foundation on which to build great opportunities for both established and upcoming French language artists developed via the EMI family."