French actor Jean-Paul Belmondo, center, arrives to a ceremony to pay tribute to late singer Charles Aznavour, Friday, Oct.5, 2018 in Paris. Aznavour, the French crooner and actor whose performing career spanned eight decades and who seduced fans around the world with his versatile tenor, lush lyrics and kinetic stage presence, has died. He was 94. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, Pool)

France pays tribute to late singer Charles Aznavour

October 05, 2018 - 3:42 am

PARIS (AP) — France is paying tribute to the late singer and actor Charles Aznavour in a ceremony to be held in the courtyard of Les Invalides in Paris.

One of France's most famous personalities, Aznavour died earlier this week at the age of 94.

Politicians and celebrities, including actor Jean-Paul Belmondo, have started to gather at the site of Napoleon's tomb, where French president Emmanuel Macron is expected to deliver a speech later Friday.

Aznavour, the crooner whose performing career spanned eight decades and who sold more than 180 million record, was one of France's most recognized faces abroad. He sang to sold-out concert halls until the end and wrote more than 1,000 songs, including the classics "La Boheme" and "She."

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