Tributes poured in on Sunday, July 16, following the demise of French-British singer and actress Jane Birkin, aged 76. President Emmanuel Macron hailed a “French icon” who “embodied freedom” and “sang probably the most stunning phrases of our language.” On Twitter, he wrote: “An entire artist, her voice was as mild as her commitments have been ardent. She leaves us tunes and pictures that won’t go away us.”
Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne hailed “an unforgettable icon, a singular voice and appeal,” including: “Along with her music and her expertise transcended generations. Thanks for the feelings aroused and this legacy that can dwell ceaselessly.”
The Tradition Ministry paid tribute to the star whose “collaborations with the best (Serge Gainsbourg, Etienne Daho and Agnès Varda) made her a timeless Francophone icon,” and Tradition Minister Rima Abdul Malak stated “Jane B. was mischievousness, impertinent magnificence, the never-fashionable emblem of a whole period, a whispering voice that is still our idol”.
‘Essentially the most French of British artists’
Anne Hidalgo, the mayor of Paris, paid tribute to “probably the most Parisian of Englishwomen”: “We are going to always remember her songs, her laughter or her incomparable accent which have all the time accompanied us,” she wrote on Twitter. The UK’s ambassador to France, Menna Rawlings, stated she was “saddened to be taught of the demise of Jane Birkin OBE: ‘probably the most French of British artists.'”
On Fb, the singer Etienne Daho, certainly one of her shut mates who co-composed her final album, Oh! Pardon tu dormais… (2020), posted a brief message: “Unimaginable to dwell in a world with out your mild.” The actor and director Pierre Richard wrote on Twitter: “Jane, so humorous, so clever, so fragile, so beneficiant, so all the pieces! A bit of my coronary heart goes together with her.” The ingers Sheila, Patrick Bruel and Benjamin Biolay additionally paid tribute to her reminiscence.
“If you’re that fairly, that contemporary, that spontaneous, with a toddler’s voice, you do not have the suitable to die,” stated actress Brigitte Bardot in an announcement despatched to Agence France-Presse, hailing an artist “everlasting in our hearts”.
The style world additionally saluted the lady who gave her title to one of many world’s most costly Hermès baggage. Balmain designer Olivier Rousteing spoke of the passing of an “icon,” whose type alternated between bohemian stylish and horny sheer attire, inspiring many. Designer Simon Porte Jacquemus posted a photograph of Birkin in tribute.
Le Monde with AFP
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