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Rock icon Johnny Hallyday gets a seat and a statue in Paris

Rock icon Johnny Hallyday gets a seat and a statue in Paris

When he died four years ago, French broadcasters only reported him for one day – now Paris rock legend Johnny Hallyday has a place and a statue bearing his name.

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  • Leticia: “Johnny would be very proud.”

About 150 motorcyclists attended the opening on Tuesday. “Johnny would be very proud,” said his widow Leticia.

Johnny is still with us. “We wanted to create a place where his fans could gather in his honor,” said Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo. Johnny Hallyday died in Paris in December 2017. But he is buried on the French Caribbean island of Saint Barthelemy, where he last lived with Leticia and their two adopted children.

The six-meter-high statue shows the neck of a guitar and a Harley-Davidson motorcycle, the rock star’s favorite means of transportation. In the evening a concert was to be held at the Accor-Arena, the former square of Bercy-Arena, in Paris, where Hallyday performed about a hundred times. Hallyday was celebrated on the subway: Bercy station was renamed Bercy Johnny for a day.

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