Louis Durand died at 99

Louis Durand died at 99
Louis Durand died at 99

Louis Durand, the man who inspired this phrase from the 1978 hit, died on March 30 at the age of 99 in Lée, near Pau.

Born in 1924 in Blanquefort-sur-Briolance, in Lot-et-Garonne, into a peasant family, Louis Durand had some experience in the hotel industry as a waiter as a teenager, then organized clandestine balls near Toulouse during the war, as he told “Sud Ouest” in 2023: “It wasn’t a big orchestra. There was an accordion. The soldiers who were in the area were Austrian. They closed their eyes. »

“Le Paradis” place du Foirail

He would subsequently become a figure in the world of entertainment and nightlife by managing establishments in Montauban (Le Mexico), in Dordogne (Le Trianon, in the town of Lisle), then by setting up his own businesses or ‘associating with others. In Anglet, on the Basque Coast (La Chambre d’Amour), in Arudy in the Ossau valley (La Cabane à bamboos, which will become La Taïga), in Lourdes (La Frégate).

Louis Durand will finally open in Pau, on the Place du Foirail, the legendary nightclub Le Paradis, which he will run until the 1990s and his retirement at the age of 75. The establishment will change its name several times (L’Esprit, the One Club and today the Eclipse Klub).

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