Rachida Dati salutes the memory of a “legend of French song”

Rachida Dati salutes the memory of a “legend of French song”
Rachida Dati salutes the memory of a “legend of French song”

The Minister of Culture Rachida Dati paid tribute this Wednesday, June 12 to Françoise Hardy. The singer died at the age of 80.

“How do I say goodbye to him?” Rachida Dati paid tribute early this Wednesday to Françoise Hardy, a few minutes after the announcement of the singer’s death at the age of 80. “Eternal Françoise Hardy, legend of French song, who entered, through her sensitivity and her melodies, into the heart of an entire country,” writes the Minister of Culture on X.

Rachida Dati also sends her “warmest thoughts” to Thomas Dutronc, her son, his family and those close to him.

Icon of French song

In the ranking of the 200 best singers of all time by the American magazine Rolling Stone in 2023, Françoise Hardy was the only representative of France. Cancer appeared in his life in 2004, taking several forms and giving him a nightmare.

The singer thus admitted to Paris Match in 2023 that she wanted to “leave soon and quickly, without too many challenges, such as the impossibility of breathing”.

It all started for the artist in 1962 with this instant hit: All the boys and girls, which she wrote and composed, a rare occurrence at the time. She was then 18 years old, it was her first record. Françoise Hardy, all contradictions, is there: she breaks through in the middle of the yéyé wave but does not really correspond to this label.

Apart from this hit, the public remembers her delicate voice, the intriguing celebrity couple that she formed with Jacques Dutronc (from their union Thomas was born, who also became a singer like his parents). But not only. She was also the ambassador of French and pop elegance internationally, a “feminine ideal” for Mick Jagger, a fantasy figure for Bob Dylan or David Bowie.

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