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France mourns the death of his Elvis

The death of rocker Johnny Hallyday shocks the whole country. Emmanuel Macron considers him a French hero

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France mourns the death of his Elvis

Discreetly supported by wall that separates from view one of mansions as in which resided Hallyday with his wife Laetitia and her two adopted daughters, that this Wednesday was protected by a fence and several police officers, Michèle Bigot failed to retain Tears. It cost him even to get used to talking about his icon in past.

"I've always lived with him, it's all my youth that goes away!", he explained with his eyes reddened behind golden-rimmed spectacles this fan of 69 years that, nothing more to know of death of his idol — "I am insomniac and I heard it soon on radio" , he said, went through Paris and walked alone, in middle of morning, by lonely Park of Saint Cloud only to pay homage to his hero and to "know that I am here." A necessary homage, he emphasized, because it was "our Eiffel Tower, our panon."

Like a French hero. This was also described on arrival in Algeria by President, Emmanuel Macron, in his second pronouncement in a few hours on rocker of France. Macron was one of first to know about his death. According to Le Monde, singer's wife personally called Elysium at 2 a.m. to inform him of death of her husband. The President and first lady, Brigitte, who had attended one of her last summer concerts, gave her condolences. Shortly reafter, Macron issued a long communiqué in which he paid homage to one who "belongs today to history of French music." "He made a part of America enter our national panon."

On a tous in nous quelque chose by Johnny Hallyday. Le public de fans et de fidèles qu'il s'était acquis est en larmes. Nous n'oublierons ni are nom, sa gueule, ni sa voix. Le voici au Panthéon de la chanson où il rejoint les légendes du rock et du Blues qu'il aimait tant.

— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) December 6, 2017

He is not only president of France who has regretted death of one of most popular musicians for decades in country, although he had his more and less with national policy: he was resident in Switzerland and United States for years to avoid paying high taxes g Alos. From conservative Nicolas Sarkozy, whom Hallyday supported in his campaign — "I have a right sensibility," said musician who was also coded with Jacques Chirac or Valéry Giscard d'Estaing, anor of politicians he publicly endorsed — socialist François Hollande, all last tenants of Elysium have lamented death of an "irreplaceable voice," in Sarkozy's words.

La France est en deuil d'un très grand artiste, de cette voix irremplaçable, de ce talent et d'un répertoire. Johnny va laisser a vide that personne ne poura jamais combler. -NSHTTPS://T.CO/CANNDOH3SQ Pic.twitter.com/Gg0Ehn5vVs

— Nicolas Sarkozy (@NicolasSarkozy) December 6, 2017

The fans and flowers and letters that many brought were accumulating as hours passed before firmly closed mansion of Hallyday on outskirts of Paris. André Duval, a 68-year-old retiree and unconditional singer from beginning — "He had his posters in my room" — he didn't care. Waving a flag with effigy of singer who added anor French, he remembered moments when he coincided with him in restaurant where he worked and Hallyday was an occasional client. "He was a kind, simple guy, even a little shy, but he liked to drink his glasses," he remembered with a smile. "And he loved France." "Johnny represented France, his songs told Life of every day." "It was greatest," a true rocker, "agreed Ruben, who in his 24 years also declared unconditional Hallyday, to point that he took day off to go to Marnes-la-Coquette to pay tribute, like dozens of fans.

The homages also accumulated in social networks — more than half a million messages in first hours, according to Le Parisien — and in French media entirely dedicated to French Elvis.

"I have lost love of my youth and nothing can replace it," said singer Sylvie Vartan, Hallyday's first wife, with whom she had a son, David, in 1966. "I lost more than a friend, I lost my bror," said singer Eddy Mitchell, a companion of his last tour, Old scoundrels.

Jean-Paul Belmondo, Charles Aznavour, Brigitte Bardot ... practically everyone who is or was someone in political or cultural life of France said Wednesday his sorrow for death of who "knew to cross many generations", according to Gérard Depardieu. "We've all sung or listened to Johnny once," summed up actor.

That l'on aime l'artiste ou non, IL to its verser name of Générations. On a tous au moins une fois chante ou écouté Johnny. C'est quand les gens s'en vont qu'on se rend vraiment compte de leur importance. Il s'en est allé, emportant avec lui une partie du pays. JohnnyHallyday

— Gérard Depardieu (@DepardieuG_) December 6, 2017

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