PARIS (AFP and Guardian) — France paid a moving national homage on October 5 to the late singer Charles Aznavour, the little man with the very big life.
With honors that are usually reserved for national heroes, one of the greatest songwriters of the 20th century was lauded as a cultural giant by the leaders of his two homelands — France and Armenia — at a ceremony in Paris.
Aznavour — who was still touring at 94 — died in his bath on Monday, October 1, just days after he declared that he would like to breathe his last on stage.
He had concerts planned in both Brussels and his hometown of Paris over the next month.
The ceremony at the Invalides began with Aznavour’s coffin, draped in the French tricolor flag, being carried into the cobbled courtyard to the haunting Armenian lament, Dle Yaman, played on a traditional duduk.