Legion of Honor | France shows tenderness towards Ginette Reno

In a short interview with The pressIn a suite at the Sofitel on Thursday morning, Ginette Reno confided that she “had a taste for doing three, four crazy things before going to the other side.” madness how? ” Making love. His wish came true a few hours later – so to speak – when the French Republic paid tribute to the icon by awarding it the Legion of Honour.

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“May this award be a new milestone in your contribution to the culture and friendship that binds us, and proof that Paris and France will always smile at you,” French Consul General in Montreal Sophie Lagoutte said of the song’s lyrics Paris Quebec (1985), during a ceremony held in front of family, friends and the media on Thursday afternoon.

True to her usual abandon, the essential singer, who is celebrating her 76th birthday, celebratedand Birthday Thursday, couldn’t help but preface his elegant acceptance speech with an admission that couldn’t be more like him: “I’m shaking all over right now… I’m even shaking the fat in my buttocks. »

But because it is possible with the intense interpreter to shift instantaneously from one extreme to the other of the spectrum of emotions, it was while stifling a sob that a few seconds later she regretted that her parents could not be by his side. “I wish they were still alive to share my disbelief but also my joy and gratitude. »

How does she intend to thank the Republic? After singing the beginning Sweet France, Ginette Reno addressed the motherland in familiar words: “You may know that I often sang the national anthem at the Bell Centre. So if you need someone to sing yours marseillaise, under the Eiffel Tower or in the Parc des Princes or anywhere else, you know you can always count on me. »


PHOTO MARTIN CHAMBERLAND, THE PRESS

Singer Ginette Reno during her speech

Thanks to two admirers

The fact that Ginette Reno joined Gilles Vigneault, Michel Tremblay, Celine Dion, Claude Léveillée and Diane Dufresne, also Knights of the Legion of Honour, the highest French decoration, on Thursday is largely thanks to the steps of two French admirers.

After attending a show of her childhood idol at the Videotron Center in 2017, Chantal Lefebvre, who lives in the Dunkirk region, hired her friend Christyne Cardon, who lives in the Paris region, for the artist to receive this prestigious award, a hope that became a reality thanks to the intervention of another admirer of Quebecoise, the mayor of Boulogne-sur-Mer, Frederic Cuvillier.

The two friends present on Thursday had crossed the ocean specifically to attend the event. “We love Ginette’s humanity,” said Ms.me Cardon, who only uses the star’s first name as if it were a familiar. “Ginette is very generous, very complete. »

The new Piaf

In a one-to-one conversation with The press Hours before her award, Ginette Reno, with her legendary (and often hilarious) eloquence, recalled her relationship with France, which peaked in the 1980s when she frequently visited the set of the “episode.” Champs Elysees by Michael Drucker. i need to talk (1984), created by Luc Plamondon and Diane Juster for the play tell me if it bothers me by Janette Bertrand, remains her biggest hit there, although her career never reached the same breadth as in Quebec. “I didn’t do anything to raise it. »

Ginette Reno was 21 years old when she sang at the Olympia for the first time in 1967, on the occasion of a concert entitled le Canadian Music Hall. “I had lost a lot of weight, I was beautiful as a heart and I had bought a very sexy dress. I wanted to show my legs. When I went on stage, Bruno Coquatrix [directeur de l’Olympia] stopped me and he said, “But you shouldn’t wear a dress like that, you’re the new Piaf.” He took me shopping and made me buy one of my best dresses, a maxi dress. »

Then Ginette gets up from her chair and dismisses the first lines My old Lucien and from It is not muchbe that. “When Piaf sang ‘It’s Maybe That Love to go fuck yourself in the water,’ I swear you got the impression she was really going to drown. That’s what she taught me: you have to know what you’re singing and sing it with intensity.”

What is on Ginette Reno’s mind these days? The grand dame still didn’t know if she’d be invited to Guy Lafleur’s funeral, but on Thursday announced the release of a new album, which has already been recorded.

Can we hear a duet with his friend Loud? “Oh my god ! He’s very special, isn’t he? He doesn’t speak much. I spent two days with him [lors du tournage des publicités d’Uber Eats] and I tried everything to cheer him up. I even considered stripping naked. If he had seen how God made me, I might have had a reaction. »

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