Françoise Hardy argues for her right to die in France
Singer Françoise Hardy's cancer treatments are causing her so much pain that she wants the right to assisted suicide, Hardy said in an interview with French magazine Femme Acutelle, reported by The Guardian. Such a procedure is currently not legal in France.
The performer, who had little success in the 1960s with the yé-yé movement, had previously criticized the illegality in a May interview with Paris Match, calling France "inhuman".
In Hardy's new interview, which reportedly took place via email because of her "difficulty speaking", she argued that her fame would also prevent any doctor from assisting her. "Given my little fame," she said, underestimating her stature in French culture, "no one will want to risk being removed from the medical order even more."
Hardy was diagnosed with lymphatic cancer in the mid-2000s, according to The Guardian, which provided information in 2018 saying she was diagnosed with a tumor in her ear.
Hardy appeared on stage before the age of 20, in 1962, with her first hit song, "Tous les Garçons et les Filles". Although released as a B-side (against Hardy's wishes), the song became an international success. She re-recorded it in Italian, German and English and dozens of artists from Maurice Chevalier to Eurythmics have performed her covers.
She pollinated her sounds with British producers and began recording full-length albums in French and English. Bob Dylan wrote a poem about him and put it on the jacket of his fourth album. Throughout the 1960s, she appeared in several small roles in very notable films such as Jean-Luc Godard's "Masculin-Féminin" and the Paris and London film "What's New?", Pussycat starring Peter O 'Toole and Peter Sellers, and written by Woody Allen. She also appeared in John Frankenheimer, Formula One, Grand Prix. In the 1970s, she recorded the concept of the Star album with composer-producer Gabriel Yared, which roughly coincided with her interest and additional career as an astrologer. (A course led by psychedelic director Alejandro Jodorowsky helped get him there.
Despite a much-discussed final album in 1988, she collaborated with British band Blur and French band Air in the 1990s. This prompted her to return to the studio to record new albums in the 2000s.
In the new millennium, her music began appearing in films by many high-profile directors, including François Ozon's 8 Women, Denys Arcand's Oscar, Bernardo Bertoluçi's The Dreamers, and Wes Anderson's Moonrise Kingdom . Music supervisor Randall Poster told Rolling Stone that he and Anderson first met the tune "Le Temps de l'Amour" when they were working on a Japanese mobile ad that "required different French parts" but knew they had to save it for later use.