Michou in Montmatre in 2011. - CAPMAN / SIPA
The blue prince of Montmartre is no more. Michel Catty, nicknamed Michou, died this Sunday in Paris at the age of 88 due to cancer. The announcement of the death of this emblematic figure of Parisian nights has aroused a wave of emotion on social networks, artists, politicians, personalities or strangers.
"There was Bleu Klein ... there will be Bleu Michou," says Laurent Delahousse. Twitter has also draped itself in blue hearts following the announcement of the artist's death.
There was Bleu Klein ... there will be Bleu Michou # Pensée pic.twitter.com/ushC4pTZqm- Laurent Delahousse (@LaurentDelahous) January 26, 2020
Michel Denisot hailed a "legend of Parisian nights". "Thoughts moved for Michou and all the wonderful cabaret team who had greeted me with a lot of generosity," remembers the humorist Jean-Luc Lemoine.
#Michou was a legend of Parisian nights. Nice and caustic. Generous and lucid. RIP 🙏🙏🙏🙏- Michel Denisot (@michel_denisot) January 26, 2020
A great memory. Thoughts moved for Michou and all the wonderful cabaret team who had greeted me with great generosity https://t.co/FkRhnDe4DW- Jean-Luc Lemoine (@JeanLucLemoine) January 26, 2020
"Michou was Paris! "
"Michou was Paris! "Said Line Renaud.
Michou was Paris! Like me, he saw life in blue. 💙🙏🏻 #adieumichou #michou pic.twitter.com/ajt0VHMfmF- Line Renaud (@linerenaud) January 26, 2020
Michou was an emblematic figure of the Butte Montmartre. The association La République de Montmartre, where he officiated as "Minister of the night", thus expressed his "great mourning".
Death of #Michou: “the Republic of orphaned #Montmartre” pic.twitter.com/zhMWZVp6wU- Jean-François Guyot (@JFGuyot) January 26, 2020
The Montmartrois did not fail to pay tribute to the one that every inhabitant of the 18th arrondissement did not fail to come across one day, always smiling.
Strange feeling of sadness. Montmartre, where I have lived since my birth 26 years ago, loses a little more of its identity and its charm. RIP #Michou- kahlys (@kahlys_) January 26, 2020
#Michou 😥 A great Montmartre figure with an immense heart has left us ...
💙 # RIP prince bleu de Montmartre! #Paris #Montmatre pic.twitter.com/m1SkhUZ1sV
"Montmartre is going to be very sad without you and the champagne much less sparkling," cries the humorist Laurent Baffie.
Michou I love you 😢Montmartre is going to be very sad without you and the champagne is much less sparkling. Unfortunately the top is all blue ... 🦋💙 pic.twitter.com/RS5H8LKfVm- Laurent Baffie Official (@lolobababa) January 26, 2020
"An immense figure of tolerance and the Parisian night"
Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo hailed on Twitter "an immense figure of tolerance and the Parisian night".
It is with great sadness that I learn of the death of Michou, a lover of Montmartre and # Paris18. It is an immense figure of tolerance, cabaret and the Parisian night that has just left us 😢💙- Anne Hidalgo (@Anne_Hidalgo) January 26, 2020
Many elected officials or candidates for mayor of the 18th arrondissement wanted to pay tribute to the transformist artist.
Michou joined the stars that he made shine every day and every night. His blue eyes will watch forever over Montmartre, Paris and France. It was with deep emotion that I learned of his passing. All my thoughts go out to his family and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/yei2TZAH6t- -Rudolph P. Granier- (@rudolphgranier) January 26, 2020
Profound sadness. So much generosity, shared joyful memories and friendship. You find yours and all the artists who loved you dearly. Montmartre, Paris and the night world lose their Blue Prince. Michou you are in our hearts. pic.twitter.com/w0LYiOWtt9- PierreYves Bournazel (@pybournazel) January 26, 2020
"His cabaret will always remain synonymous with tolerance and celebration," said Minister of Culture Franck Riester.
Profound emotion at the news of Michou's death. He was a generous and mythical figure of the Parisian night. His cabaret will always remain synonymous with tolerance and celebration. Montmartre has lost its "blue prince". pic.twitter.com/yEi3QF9FCi- Franck Riester (@franckriester) January 26, 2020
We will no longer come across the smile and the blue silhouette of #Michou at the whim of the nights of Montmartre ... It is a piece of the heart of Paris which leaves, and which marked its history and its imagination, a piece of the party, part of the myth of the Butte ... Farewell, Sir, and thank you pic.twitter.com/DnEeQJqEQX- 🇫🇷 MarleneSchiappa (@MarleneSchiappa) January 26, 2020
"It is a piece of the heart of Paris which leaves, and which marked its history and its imagination, a piece of the celebration, a part of the myth of the Butte… Farewell, Sir, and thank you", concludes the Secretary of State for Equality between Women and Men, Marlène Schiappa.
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