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“Popular Tribute” to Johnny Hallyday Saturday on the Champs Elysees

France will make Saturday a “popular tribute” on the Champs-Elysees to singer Johnny Hallyday, followed by a religious ceremony in the Church of the Madeleine during which President Emmanuel Macron will briefly speak. The funeral procession of the one whom President Macron called “French hero” will descend the Champs-Elysées from the Arc de Triomphe to the Concorde before a “religious service” at the Madeleine, announced the Elysee, a case in point exceptional for an artist. President Emmanuel Macron “will briefly speak” during the ceremony at the Madeleine, said the presidency of the Republic in a statement noting that the details and schedules of this tribute would be specified “by relatives of Johnny Hallyday and the Prefecture “Paris police Thursday afternoon at a press point. Producer of the singer from 1982 to 2010, Jean-Claude Camus had mentioned Wednesday a descent of the Champs-Elysees: “This is the dream of Laeticia (the wife of Johnny) .It is also mine.I think that he is entitled to that and it will allow the public to make him a last goodbye. ” Meanwhile, the body of the singer was transferred Thursday morning at the funeral home of Mont Valerien in Nanterre, not far from his home in Marnes-la-Coquette, he said. This tribute should mobilize a large number of security forces because of the large number of fans expected to greet the memory of the performer of “Que je t’aime”, “Something of Tennessee” or “Light the fire”. – Prayer vigil – The wife of the head of state, Brigitte Macron went to collect Wednesday at home Hallyday in Marnes-la-Coquette. The head of state and his wife had before the communication of the Elysee already announced that they would go to the funeral of the singer who died at the age of 74 on the night of Tuesday to Wednesday following a lung cancer. Since his death, tributes have multiplied. “He had tremendous courage,” said Jacques Dutronc Thursday, his accomplice of “Old Scoundrels” on RTL. “I knew he was in a lot of pain, it was terrible even,” he said. While waiting for the last farewell to Johnny, the fans of the rocker are invited this Thursday night to a vigil of prayers at the Saint-Roch church, the Parisian parish artists. A second is scheduled for Sunday. The mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, announced on Twitter that the city will pay tribute to him by projecting the message “Thank you Johnny” on the Eiffel Tower from Friday evening to Sunday evening, as well as on the facade of the theater of Bercy, where will be placed books of gold. – Unpublished interview on France 2 – Radio and television have upset their programs since the announcement of the death including Wednesday night, a moving tribute program hosted by “his friend of 50 years”, Michel Drucker. The star host on public television shared anecdotes shared with the singer before ending the show in tears. We can also discover this Thursday evening on France 2 a new documentary, where the singer is told in an interview conducted last April, after the announcement of his illness. Listening and downloads of Johnny Hallyday’s songs and albums have taken off on music platforms since Wednesday’s announcement of the death of “The Idol of Youth,” according to data collected from several of them. “Hello friends” (Liberation), the “national treasure” (Le Figaro), “A French passion” (Humanity): the press was Thursday in unison with the rain of tributes that swept the country . The singer with more than 100 million records sold and ten Victoires de la musique, nicknamed for eternity “the idol of young people”, fought to the end against the disease. He was still on stage, in June and July, with Jacques Dutronc and Eddy Mitchell for the “Vieilles Canailles” tour, where he seemed carried by the energy of his audience. This “beast of stage”, which filled in 57 years of career all the greatest places of the Hexagon, from the Stade de France to the Champ de Mars, was also working on a new album expected in 2018. bur-AJE-laf / fmi / OPS / nm – Tribute to the stadiums – A song from Johnny Hallyday’s repertoire will be broadcast at the entrance of the players on the pitch before each Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 match in tribute to the star who died on Wednesday, the professional football league (LFP) announced. “By this action, the French professional football is associated with the popular tribute that will be made Saturday to the one who was able to ignite fire in many stadiums where our championship usually takes place,” said the LFP in a statement, in reference to “the tribute popular” made Saturday in Paris by decision of the Elysee.


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