Death of Françoise Hardy, icon of the sixties and French song, at the age of 80

12 June 2024 / Jerome Goulon

Thomas Dutronc shared the news this Tuesday, June 11 on social networks: the disappearance of the singer Françoise Hardy, his mother, with the simple message “Mom is gone…”
The icon of French song and the yé-yé period revealed in June 2019 that she was battling pharyngeal cancer. Following serious challenges related to her health, she made the decision to end her career.

Last December, in an interview given to our colleagues at Paris Match, Françoise Hardy had shared her ordeal, evoking the devastating effects of her recent radiotherapy on her physical and mental health. She expressed the desire to leave this world as soon as possible, in the least painful conditions possible.

A few weeks before her disappearance, she had sent an open letter to President Emmanuel Macron, calling on the president to legislate on end of life. This poignant appeal was his last public speech.

Icon of the sixties, Françoise Hardy revealed herself at the age of 18, in 1962, with the hit All the garçons and the girls, sold two million copies in a few weeks. She subsequently had other unforgettable successes, with songs such as How to say goodbye to you, written by Serge Gainsbourg, Personal message, by Michel Berger, or even Since you are going on a trip which she performed as a duet with Jacques Dutronc in 2000.

Find here his first hit, All the boys and girls