Alain Souchon: Macron, Tour de France, Paris… His biggest controversies

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Alain Souchon continues to sing. Although he is 78 years old, the singer of “Sentimental Crowd” is still full of energy and does not seem to want to stop just yet.

The secret of his vitality, according to him? Hiking. In the columns of the Journal des Femmes, he explains: “Walking is a healthy way of life. I take an army map, I fix a point 20 kilometers away, and once I have reached my destination, I call my wife so that ‘she’s coming to pick me up in the car. Which is not necessarily to her liking: “she finds me boring”, he assures.

And he needed it, since his last album released in 2019, “Âme Fifties” led him on a tour throughout France, which he continues today. The singer is then drawn on the sets, on the radio or in the columns of the major media… And sometimes in controversies over these remarks.

Shortly before, Alain Souchon had been talked about, about a sporting event well known to the French…

2017. The Tour de France is in full swing. However, all eyes turn elsewhere, to Alain Souchon. The latter had claimed that the cyclists were all doped in an interview for La Voix du Nord, reported by Europe 1. “I will not only make friends but I find cycling shameful. It’s inhumane. You can’t do high-level cycling without doping. When you see all those who die at fifty…”. Which of course did not appreciate the competitors.

And the controversies will follow over time…

Two years later, when he was a guest on the RTL radio channel, comments he made apparently shocked opponents of the head of state. “Once I said on RTL that the life of our President Macron was romantic,” he explains. And then there, I was told on the internet – I was told it, I don’t look – that I was “an asshole”, that I supported this “asshole”. To the point where he was registered near his home with relatively very violent registrations…

Perhaps this is why the singer announced that he wanted to leave Paris next?

A few weeks later, in the columns of Le Figaro, reports Le Point, the singer regrets the degradation of the city of Paris which has become “dirty and violent”. According to him, it is no longer possible to recognize the capital. For Alain Souchon: “There is a waste of civilization which is sad”.

For the singer of “Sentimental Crowd”, it may be time to leave the city: “I have always lived in Paris and I enjoy leaving it. I don’t remember the city ever being so dirty, he explained. I want to leave Paris, but it’s old stupid. Anyway, I’m an old fart, I’m 75 years old…