The holiday season saw the death of Michel Delpech, one of France's most respected singer songwriters at the age of 69. He had been suffering from cancer.
Tributes have been paid by some of France's biggest stars, from Johnny
Hallyday to Louane, while President Hollande issuing a statement saying that
his songs touched us because they spoke to us.
Delpech enjoyed massive success in the 60s and 70s, with songs including Anatole, Chez Laurette and Pour un flirt. His biggest success was the song Wight is Wight in 1969, which celebrated the Isle of Wight festival in the UK
Delpech opened for Jacques Brel's farewell shows at the Olympia in Paris in 1967, but his career saw him continue for decades.
Recent years saw the release of his album Comme Vous in 2004, and in 2006 a collection of duets entitled Michel Delpech &.... In 2009 he released the album Sexa, which would be his final musical release, his illness forcing him to cancel performances in 2013.
A special TV show paying tribute to Delpech featuring a variety of artists performing his work will be broadcast at the end of the month on France 2.