In face of increasing controversy and public pressures, Bertrand Cantat has decided to retire from musical festivals in which he planned to present his first solo album, Amor Fati, this year. At same time, ex-leader of Noir Désir has made it clear that he will maintain concerts of tour that began on March 1 because he has "right to reintegration" like any citizen after having "purged his sorrow" by death of his girlfriend, actress Marie Trintignant , to blows in Lithuania in 2003.
"To put an end to all polemics and to get pressures on organisers to stop, I have decided to withdraw our project from all summer festivals," Sangt announced in a message on his Facebook page posted on Monday night.More information
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The announcement comes after organizers of two festivals, Les Escales de Saint-Nazare and Les Papillons de nuit, down last week from ir billboards after social pressure. More than 70,000 people had signed a petition to request ir withdrawal from Les Papillons de Nuit stating that Cantat's participation in that concert "Banalises and endorses violence against women".
"My name is Bertrand Cantat and in 2003 I was sentenced to eight years in prison for death of Marie Trintignant without intent to kill her," musician opens his message, quoting literally formula for which he was sentenced in 2003, although he only fulfilled half of sentence. "I have paid debt to which justice condemned me. I've purged my sorrow. I did not benefit from privileges, "says Cantat, who criticizes that press has" seized "ir history to" warp and Instrumentalizarla to excess. "
The musician is far of two children who had with his wife Christina Rady, who supported him during trial in Vilnius and ended up committing suicide in 2010 at family home after leaving a message to his family about alleged mistreatment of singer. A musical journalist, Anne-Sophie Jahn, assures in a new book, Seven capital sins of rock'n'roll, that environment of Sangt knew of past of domestic violence of musician and that still decided to "lie" in trial, instigated by Rady itself, to achieve A gentler sorrow against singer.
In his message, Cantat, he says, "renew your deepest and most sincere compassion to Marie's family and friends," but she also claims her right to resume her life. "I wish today, in same way as any citizen, right to reinsertion. The right to exercise my work, right of my close to living in France without suffering pressure or slander. The public's right to come to my concerts and listen to my music. "
A "right" with which it is not at all agree mor of its victim, also actress Nadine Trintignant.
"Certainly not, no (he has right) to return to that type of work because he has killed," he said in an interview at chain France 2 on Monday night. "Are you going to clap your hands after you've killed? He has no right to go on a stage, "insisted Nadine Trintignant, who described as" shameful, indecent, disgusting (Cantat) to return to a stage. "
Cantat's decision has received very different answers. The director of Garorock, one of festivals affected, Ludovic Labordie, declared "sad for what this does to French rock'n'roll", according to newspaper Le Républicain. Feminist groups like Osez le Feminisme, which has made several protests already in concerts of Cantat, held on contrary decision and expressed its intention to continue pressing until getting "to cancel all or" concerts, as said its spokesman, Raphaële Rémy-Leleu, on social networks.