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Why do the French love Johnny Hallyday?

France bids farewell Saturday to rock star Johnny Hallyday, in a huge ceremony for a cultural icon akin to a French Elvis Presley. AFP explains the "Johnny" phenomenon, and why the singer's death has sparked such an emotional outpouring in France. Why did France love his music?
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France paid an emotional farewell Saturday to Johnny Hallyday -- the singer who taught the country how to rock -- in a highly theatrical "people's tribute" that brought Paris to a standstill.

RIP, Johnny est mort

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The iconic Johnny Hallyday, a French singer who modelled his act on Elvis Presley, has died of cancer at 74. His death was announced by President Macron, who said, ‘We all have something of Johnny Hallyday in us.’ The nation mourns.

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France came to a standstill on Saturday as it paid tribute to late rock star Johnny Hallyday. But the homage also led to a steep drop in donations for France’s most popular fundraiser and sparked a string of bitter comments on socia...

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French rocker Johnny Hallyday, who was known as France’s Elvis Presley, died today at the age of 74. The news of the singer’s death was released in a statement made by his wife, Laeticia Hallyday. “Johnny Hallyday has left us. I wri...

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French president makes emotional address calling for ‘people’s tribute’, as singer’s body is driven through capital on final journey Thousands bid farewell to France’s rock and roll hero – in pictures To the blast of electric guitar...


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