‘Alpilles were haven for our Aznavour’

Charles Aznavour saw his home near the Alpilles hills in Provence as a “haven of peace”, local mayor Alice Roggiero (shown above with him) told Connexion.

Aznavour, who has been described as ‘the French Sinatra’ and ‘the last of the greats of French chanson’, died at his home in Mouriès, Bouches-du-Rhône, aged 94, on October 1.

Ms Roggiero said the village was very proud of Mr Aznavour and sad at the news of his death, which came unexpectedly, in the night after he had been out to a local restaurant with friends.

He had a house called l’Aigo Claro (clear water) for 30 years in the quartier des fontaines, just outside the village, where he would stay around once a month.

He liked to con­template the Alpilles, immortalised in paintings by Van Gogh who spent his last days in nearby Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. “He came here to rest, far from the hubbub, to recharge his batteries,” said Ms Roggiero. “He said it was his haven of peace. ...

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