Michel Sardou was interviewed on the French news this evening on the occasion of his sold-out series of concerts at Paris’s Olympia music hall. The singer, whose career spans 40 years, just celebrated his 64th birthday last week, has sought not only to entertain, but also to raise awareness about such diverse issues as the rights of women in Islamic countries, clerical celibacy, colonialism, and the death penalty. When asked why he was no longer writing those sorts of songs, he replied that with so much other grim news out there, it was more important to make people feel good. When asked if his latest birthday bothered him (because he made a quip about being 40), he said that it was more important to be bien dans sa peau.
Today’s expression, bien dans sa peau, (beN dahn sa po) means “good in one’s skin” or to feel good about oneself. With 12 albums that achieved the number 1 position on the French charts, he has every right to feel bien dans sa peau.