A bust of Charles Aznavour inaugurated by Anne Hidalgo

The bust of Charles Aznavour inaugurated on May 22, 2021 in Paris – AFP

In the district of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, in Paris, there is now a new work of art. The mayor (PS) of the city Anne Hidalgo inaugurated this Saturday, in the singer’s childhood district, a bust of Charles Aznavour, who died in 2018. Made from a plaster cast in 1964 by the sculptor Alice Mélikian at the on the occasion of the artist’s first visit to Armenia, it was offered by the Aznavour Foundation to the City in October 2019, one year after the singer’s death.

It was inaugurated for the birth anniversary of the singer, born May 22, 1924, in the presence of members of his family, and installed at Carrefour de l’Odéon, in the district in which the author of Bohemian spent his childhood.

The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict at the heart of the speech

In the presence of the slammer Grand Corps Malade and the Ambassador of Armenia, Anne Hidalgo praised the singer’s “exceptional longevity of career”, his “love of the capital” but also reaffirmed her support for the “Armenian people” in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict with neighboring Azerbaijan.

Another bust of Charles Aznavour was unveiled at the same time in Stepanakert, capital of Nagorno-Karabakh, said Nicolas Aznavour, son of the singer and co-founder of the Foundation. Azerbaijan and Armenia clashed in the fall of 2020 for control of the independence region of Nagorno Karabakh, a conflict that ended in more than 6,000 deaths and a defeat in Yerevan, which had to surrender d ‘important territories in Baku.

The Council of Paris had voted in November several measures coming to the aid of the Armenian population of Nagorno-Karabakh and expressed the wish that the “Republic of Artsakh” be recognized. Anne Hidalgo also called for “universal recognition of the Armenian genocide” of 1917, “a dark page in our history”, which the parents of Charles Aznavour had fled. The elected socialist denounced “negationism, this propaganda which reappears, here and there, including on our territory”.

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