But how to commemorate this double-century?
At first I thought I could post a song or artist with "two-hundred" in the name or title - but a quick search through my hard-drive put paid to that idea. So thinking laterally I give you a song that is 200 seconds long, or 3 minutes 33 seconds in old money.
Of all the mp3s I had that fit this criteria, one stood out from all the rest, by an artist who quite probably started this whole obsession with French music for me. Step forward Monsieur Gainsbourg. And the song: a classic that featured on the very first album I picked up by old Serge, and has been a mainstay at our little soirées since the very start.
I give you his homage to the divine Brigitte Bardot in all its bass-funk and Ski Sunday string-fuelled drama.
I do love this film clip of footage from the Initials B.B. studio sessions.