PARIS — France will issue a national tribute to Charles Aznavour on Friday in Paris, while fans from around the world, from Hollywood Boulevard to Yerevan, passing by Beirut, mourned on Tuesday the disappearance of this monument of the French song.
The French presidency has announced that the commemoration will take place on Friday morning on the site very solemn of the hotel des Invalides, in the presence of the head of the State, Emmanuel Macron.
Charles Aznavour has died “natural death” Monday in the south of France, at the age of 94, following a “failure, cardio-respiratory,” according to the autopsy performed Tuesday.
Several personalities, including the former French president, François Hollande, had called for the organization of a national tribute, worthy of this ambassador of French culture in the world.
Emmanuel Macron will deliver a speech during the ceremony Friday in the courtyard of the Invalides, said the Elysée.
A national tribute was made at the same place on the 8th December last, to the writer Jean d’ormesson, the eve of the tribute to the “popular” singer Johnny Hallyday on the Champs-Élysées.
While details on the funeral of Charles Aznavour are not yet known, tributes spontaneous have continued to flood in, from his peers as anonymous, moved by the one who was able to find the words as the person to talk about the passing of time or homosexuality.
Across the Atlantic, where it is described as the “Sinatra French”, Liza Minelli praised the memory of a “mentor, friend, and love”, while Lenny Kravitz discussed a “gentleman”. The Washington Post and the New York Times have paid tribute in their pages to the “French Balladeer” and the great “crooner” that was Aznavour .
In Los Angeles, fans came to collect on Monday on his star and leave flowers while in Paris, the Eiffel tower is lit gold color, as a tribute to this star of the song, also an actor in some 80 films.
In Beirut, the news of his death made the front page of the francophone daily L’orient-Le jour. “Today, it is not only France who is an orphan, but also Armenia who is weeping for her prodigal son, as well as Lebanon, which the singer had become the great friend,” wrote the journal.
His sudden disappearance — as the singer had been swarming with projects (dozens of songs written, and several concerts by the end of the year) — has also continued to move in France.
Even the sports daily The Team went to his tribute garnishing his title pages — “Take us” or “Wonderful!” — references to the songs of Aznavour.
In Armenia, the land of his parents, the emotion is particularly intense. Born Charles Varenagh Aznavourian in Paris in 1924, the singer was one of the most symbolic of the diaspora of Armenia.
He has maintained close links with the country throughout his life, especially after the terrible earthquake of December 1988. He frequently travelled to Yerevan to honor the memory of the victims of the Armenian genocide, and was to return in a few days, with the president of Macron, for the Francophonie summit.
Day of mourning in Armenia
To pay homage to him, a book of condolences should be made available at the centre Aznavour in the Armenian capital, according to his entourage, speaking on social networks. “You can leave flowers, candles, and leave a message”.
The Prime minister of the republic of armenia Nikol Pashinian, plans to organise “a national day of mourning” on the day of the funeral, which could take place in France, may be at Monfort-l’amaury, near paris, where Charles Aznavour had built a vault. Where his parents and his son Patrick are buried.
The singer for more than 70 years of career, died Monday at his home of the Alpilles, in the south-east of France. Inexhaustible, he had regained the scene in September with two concerts in Japan.
In recent months, however, he had to cancel performances in April in Saint-Petersburg, the victim of a tour to the kidneys, and then in may, due to a fracture of the left humerus after a fall.
Married three times, Charles Aznavour, who died at the age of 94 years, leaves behind his wife, the very discreet Ulla, of Swedish origin, with whom he has lived for over fifty years, and five children.
In one of his last interviews to TF1, he claimed that he had long prepared his succession. “I don’t want to be fighting for a spoon or a fork”.