Open

Coming up

Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

MEDIAWATCH

Media accused of pro-protester bias in Ferguson

Read more

DEBATE

The Murderous Lure of Jihad: Tackiling ISIS and its Worldwide Recruitment (part 2)

Read more

DEBATE

The Murderous Lure of Jihad: Tackiling ISIS and its Worldwide Recruitment

Read more

FOCUS

Republicans block Obama's bid to hike minimum wage

Read more

WEB NEWS

Calls for ISIS media blackout after execution of James Foley

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users divided over Darren Wilson

Read more

WEB NEWS

Web users take on 'Ice Bucket Challenge' to fight ALS

Read more

ENCORE!

From Paris's Liberation to 'arresting' art in Avignon

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Ferguson riots: Pressure mounts on Obama

Read more

  • Two US Ebola patients leave hospital ‘virus-free’

    Read more

  • Hollande is ‘nobody’s president’ says former French minister

    Read more

  • Turkey’s Erdogan names foreign minister Davutoglu as next PM

    Read more

  • US reaches historic $16.7bn settlement with Bank of America

    Read more

  • Special report: Supplying Ukraine’s soldiers on the front line

    Read more

  • US forces tried to rescue slain reporter from IS captors

    Read more

  • Israeli air strike kills three top Hamas commanders

    Read more

  • France delivered arms to Syrian rebels, Hollande confirms

    Read more

  • Tensions high in Yemen as Shiite rebel deadline looms

    Read more

  • Interactive: Relive the Liberation of Paris in WWII

    Read more

  • French village rallies behind besieged elderly British couple

    Read more

  • Former Irish PM Albert Reynolds dies at 81

    Read more

  • Former Femen activist detained after fighting veiled woman

    Read more

  • Thailand coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha voted prime minister

    Read more

  • Brazil’s Silva launches bid after Campos plane crash death

    Read more

  • Brutal IS beheading video sparks social media pushback

    Read more

  • US attorney general visits Missouri town after fatal shooting

    Read more

Culture

French crooner Charles Aznavour granted Armenian citizenship

Latest update : 2009-01-01

Serzh Sarkisian, president of Armenia, has granted his country's citizenship to the 84-year-old French singer Charles Aznavour. Declared a "hero of the Armenian people", Aznavour also serves as a cultural ambassador for Armenia at the UN.

AFP - The renowned French singer of Armenian origin Charles Aznavour has been granted Armenian citizenship by presidential decree, the presidency of the ex-Soviet republic said Friday.
  
"Armenian President Serzh Sarkisian has signed a decree granting Armenian citizenship to the prominent singer and public figure, a hero of the Armenian people, Charles Aznavour," the presidency said in a statement.
  
Born Shahnur Aznavourian, the 84-year-old singer is among the best-known figures of France's 400,000-strong Armenian diaspora. He was born in Paris to Armenian parents.
  
After the 1988 earthquake in Armenia which killed 25,000 people, Aznavour set up a foundation and organised a series of charity concerts to help quake victims.
  
He also serves as Armenia's permanent delegate to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO).
  
The author of over 1,000 songs, Aznavour is one of France's most popular singers and is the first French performer to have a recording that went platinum in Europe. He sold over over 100 million records worldwide.
  
In 1998 he was named Entertainer of the Century by CNN and Time Online.

Date created : 2008-12-27

COMMENT(S)