Brigitte Macron, Nicholas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni pay their respects at funeral of French singer and actress Francoise Hardy after Swinging Sixties cultural icon died aged 80

Brigitte Macron, Nicholas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni have paid their respects at the funeral of French singer and actress Francoise Hardy. 

The Swinging Sixties cultural icon died aged 80 on June 11 after a long battle with cancer.

Hardy, known the world over for her crystalline voice and melancholy lyrics, suffered with different types of the disease, including lymphoma and laryngeal, over two decades.

It made her a passionate advocate for euthanasia, as she declared her home nation ‘inhuman’ for not allowing the procedure.

Her funeral was held at the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris this afternoon, with French celebrities and fans flocking to the cemetery to pay their respects.

Guests included Brigitte Macron, the wife of French president Emmanuel Macron, as well as former French president Nicholas Sarkozy and his model wife Carla Bruni.

Brigitte Macron (centre), Nicholas Sarkozy and Carla Bruni have paid their respects at the funeral of French singer and actress Francoise Hardy

Her funeral was held at the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris this afternoon, with French politicians as well as music legends came to pay their respects

Her funeral was held at the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris this afternoon, with French politicians as well as music legends came to pay their respects

Her status as a cultural juggernaut saw her schmooze with the biggest names in showbusiness at the time, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Mick Jagger (pictured together in 1967)

Her status as a cultural juggernaut saw her schmooze with the biggest names in showbusiness at the time, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Mick Jagger (pictured together in 1967) 

Beyond her songwriting, Hardy was sought after as a model (pictured in 1966)

Beyond her songwriting, Hardy was sought after as a model (pictured in 1966)

The star (pictured in 2001) worked with songwriters including Serge Gainsbourg, Patrick Modiano, Michel Berger and Catherine Lara

The star (pictured in 2001) worked with songwriters including Serge Gainsbourg, Patrick Modiano, Michel Berger and Catherine Lara

Her son Thomas Dutronc, whose father is fellow singer Jacques Dutronc, announced her death in a simple post to Instagram on June 11 which read: ‘Mum is gone.’

Hardy rose to prominence at just 18 with her first hit ‘Tous les Garcons et les Filles’ (‘All the Boys and Girls’) in 1962, and helped found the ye-ye style of music, a pop-inspired cultural movement that embraced British and American rock in the 1960s.

Her status as a cultural juggernaut saw her schmooze with the biggest names in showbusiness at the time, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Mick Jagger and Bob Dylan.

She also worked with songwriters including Serge Gainsbourg, Patrick Modiano, Michel Berger and Catherine Lara. 

But her life wasn’t always so glamourous or happy. 

Hardy grew up in postwar Paris an anxious child with a complex family situation, she told the Daily Mail in 2011. 

The product of a torrid affair between a young woman and an already-married man twenty years her senior, her parents raised her while separately – her mother worked long hours to put food on the table, while her father rarely visited, although he insisted that her mother pay for Françoise to attend convent school. 

She revealed her grandmother constantly undermined the way she looked as she grew up. 

‘She had told me throughout my childhood that I was ugly and that I was the worst creature on earth. I was concerned I would never meet anybody and that I would become a nun,’ she recalled at the time. 

Paris Match magazine quoted her as saying last year that she wanted to ‘go soon and quickly, without much suffering’. 

Her later years were marred by illness, with Hardy being put into an induced coma at one point, before her life was saved by a novel form of radiation. 

Her son Thomas Dutronc (pictured at the funeral), whose father is fellow singer Jacques Dutronc, announced her death in a simple post to Instagram on June 11 which read: 'Mum is gone'

Her son Thomas Dutronc (pictured at the funeral), whose father is fellow singer Jacques Dutronc, announced her death in a simple post to Instagram on June 11 which read: ‘Mum is gone’

French singer and composer Jacques Dutronc (centre) and partner Sylvie Duval (left) leave after attending the funeral ceremony of the late French singer Francoise Hardy at the Pere Lachaise cemetery, in Paris, on June 20, 2024

French singer and composer Jacques Dutronc (centre) and partner Sylvie Duval (left) leave after attending the funeral ceremony of the late French singer Francoise Hardy at the Pere Lachaise cemetery, in Paris, on June 20, 2024

Pallbearers carry the coffin of the late French singer Francoise Hardy for her funeral ceremony at the Pere Lachaise cemetery, in Paris, on June 20, 2024

Pallbearers carry the coffin of the late French singer Francoise Hardy for her funeral ceremony at the Pere Lachaise cemetery, in Paris, on June 20, 2024

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy (right) and his wife French-Italian model and musician Carla Bruni-Sarkozy leave after a funeral ceremony of the late French singer Francoise Hardy at the Pere Lachaise cemetery, in Paris, on June 20, 2024

Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy (right) and his wife French-Italian model and musician Carla Bruni-Sarkozy leave after a funeral ceremony of the late French singer Francoise Hardy at the Pere Lachaise cemetery, in Paris, on June 20, 2024

Viewers gather around the hearse after the funeral ceremony of the late French singer Francoise Hardy at the Pere Lachaise cemetery, in Paris, on June 20, 2024

Viewers gather around the hearse after the funeral ceremony of the late French singer Francoise Hardy at the Pere Lachaise cemetery, in Paris, on June 20, 2024

French president's wife Brigitte Macron leaves after the funeral ceremony of the late French singer Francoise Hardy at the Pere Lachaise cemetery, in Paris, on June 20, 2024

French president’s wife Brigitte Macron leaves after the funeral ceremony of the late French singer Francoise Hardy at the Pere Lachaise cemetery, in Paris, on June 20, 2024

France's culture minister, Rachida Dati (pictured at the funeral), also paid tribute in a post to X, writing: 'How to say goodbye to her? Eternal Françoise Hardy, legend of French song, who entered, through her sensitivity and her melodies, into the heart of an entire country'

France’s culture minister, Rachida Dati (pictured at the funeral), also paid tribute in a post to X, writing: ‘How to say goodbye to her? Eternal Françoise Hardy, legend of French song, who entered, through her sensitivity and her melodies, into the heart of an entire country’

Shs was married to Jacques Dutronc (pictured), with whom she had a child named Thomas

Shs was married to Jacques Dutronc (pictured), with whom she had a child named Thomas

Francoise Hardy (pictured in Paris in 1971) endured a 20-year-long battle with cancer

Francoise Hardy (pictured in Paris in 1971) endured a 20-year-long battle with cancer

Hardy (pictured in 1970) was the only French artist to appear in a 2023 ranking of the greatest ever singers published by Rolling Stone magazine

Hardy (pictured in 1970) was the only French artist to appear in a 2023 ranking of the greatest ever singers published by Rolling Stone magazine

She was a leading advocate for assisted suicide near the end of her life, telling the magazine that it was ‘inhumane’ for France not to legalise the controversial procedure. 

‘It is not for the doctors to accede to each request, but to shorten the unnecessary suffering of an incurable disease from the moment it becomes unbearable.’

She joked at the time that while she would’ve loved to have chosen to end her own life, ‘given my small notoriety, no one will want to run the risk of being removed from the medical order even more.’

In one of her last interviews before her death, she said the one thing she would miss was her son. 

She told Le Parisien: ‘I think above all of the immense sorrow of leaving my son, of causing him pain. 

‘But I would much rather die than suffer prolonged unbearable conditions. And I always have in the back of my mind the idea that there is something next.’

She would regularly visit London at the height of the Swinging Sixties, and admitted that she felt far better in the UK than she ever did in France. 

Hardy told the Daily Mail in 2011: ‘From the moment I went to England, I had more confidence. In France, the image I had was of a shy girl – a poor lonely girl and not too good-looking. 

Hardy, known the world over for her crystalline voice and melancholy lyrics, suffered with different types of cancer, including lymphoma and laryngeal, since 2004

Hardy, known the world over for her crystalline voice and melancholy lyrics, suffered with different types of cancer, including lymphoma and laryngeal, since 2004

Hardy starred in the 1966 film Grand Prix alongside Antonio Sabato (pictured)

Hardy starred in the 1966 film Grand Prix alongside Antonio Sabato (pictured) 

Beyond her songwriting, she was sought after as a model, with Yves Saint Laurent and Paco Rabanne both personally making outfits for her

Beyond her songwriting, she was sought after as a model, with Yves Saint Laurent and Paco Rabanne both personally making outfits for her

Beyond her songwriting, she was sought after as a model, with Yves Saint Laurent and Paco Rabanne both personally making outfits for her

Legendary French singer Francoise Hardy (pictured in 1967) has died at the age of 80, her son said on Tuesday

Legendary French singer Francoise Hardy (pictured in 1967) has died at the age of 80, her son said on Tuesday

She was a leading advocate for assisted suicide near the end of her life (pictured in New York in 1965)

She was a leading advocate for assisted suicide near the end of her life (pictured in New York in 1965)

Hardy (pictured in Milan in the 1960s) grew up in postwar Paris an anxious child with a complex family situation, she told the Daily Mail in 2011

Hardy (pictured in Milan in the 1960s) grew up in postwar Paris an anxious child with a complex family situation, she told the Daily Mail in 2011 

She revealed her grandmother constantly undermined the way she looked as she grew up

She revealed her grandmother constantly undermined the way she looked as she grew up

As one of the leading cultural icons of the 1960s, she rubbed shoulders with the likes of Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan and Salvador Dali

As one of the leading cultural icons of the 1960s, she rubbed shoulders with the likes of Mick Jagger, Bob Dylan and Salvador Dali

Jane Birkin and Francoise Hardy in 1974 on a fashion shoot

Jane Birkin and Francoise Hardy in 1974 on a fashion shoot

Since her diagnosis, her life was marred by illness, at one point being put in an induced coma (pictured performing in 1988)

Since her diagnosis, her life was marred by illness, at one point being put in an induced coma (pictured performing in 1988)

‘When I went to England I had another image. I felt the journalists were much more interested in my looks than in my songs.’

Beyond her songwriting, she was sought after as a model, with Yves Saint Laurent and Paco Rabanne both personally making outfits for her. 

She also graced the silver screen, starring in a string of films in quick succession, including Castle in Sweden (1963), A Bullet in the Heart (1965)  and Grand Prix (1966). 

Her final film was Claude Lelouch’s If it had to be done again (1976), in which she played herself. 

Castle in Sweden (1963). Then A Bullet in the Heart (1965) by Jean-Daniel Pollet and Grand Prix (1966) by John Frankenheimer. She appears briefly in What’s New, Pussycat? (Cliver Donner, 1965), 

Tributes to the iconic singer included France’s culture minister, Rachida Dati, who said in a post to X: ‘How to say goodbye to her? Eternal Françoise Hardy, legend of French song, who entered, through her sensitivity and her melodies, into the heart of an entire country. 

‘I send my warmest thoughts to Thomas Dutronc, her son, her family and her loved ones.’

Far-right politician Marine Le Pen wrote: ‘Françoise Hardy, icon of French song, left this evening. Several generations have been touched by her melancholy voice and the poetry of her texts. My condolences to her family.’

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