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Sunday, December 31st, 2017
Michel Sardou (born 26 January 1947) is a French singer, songwriter and occasional actor.Sardou is known not only for his love songs (`La maladie d`amour`, `Je vais t`aimer`), but also for songs dealing with various social and political issues, such as the rights of women in Islamic countries (`Musulmanes`), clerical celibacy (`Le curé`), colonialism (`Le temps des colonies`, `Ils ont le pétrole mais c`est tout`) or the death penalty (`Je suis pour`). Another sometimes controversial theme found in some of his songs (`Les Ricains` and `Monsieur le Président de France` for example) is his respect and support for the culture and foreign policies of the United States of America. He has been accused of being a racist due to his 1976 song `Le temps des colonies`, where he sang positively about colonialism and slavery, but Sardou has always claimed the song was sarcastic. His 1981 single `Les lacs du Connemara` was an international hit (especially in the Netherlands). A number of his hit songs were written in collaboration with Jacques Revaux and Pierre Delanoë, a few others (most notably `En chantant`) with Italian singer Toto Cutugno.