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Monday, 19 February, 2001, 14:30 GMT
French singer Charles Trenet dies

The French singer and songwriter Charles Trenet has died at the age of 87.

He wrote nearly a thousand songs -- including the haunting classic "La Mer".

A poet, painter, novelist and film star, Charles Trenet was still performing as recently as two years ago at sell-out concerts.

President Chirac said Trenet had been a magician with words and a symbol of a smiling and imaginative France.

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