Singer Graeme Allwright, in 2011. - SADAKA EDMOND / SIPA

He had enriched the French musical repertoire with covers by American folk artists. Singer Graeme Allwright died on Sunday, his family announced to AFP. He was 93 years old.

"He died last night in the retirement home where he had been living for a year" in the Paris region, revealed his daughter Jeanne Allwright.

The French artist of New Zealand origin (he was born in Wellington in 1926) made a discreet career, adapting the standards of the American protest song into French, as well as songs by Leonard Cohen. In 2017, a year after the latter's death, Graeme Allwright paid tribute to him via the song Leonard .

In 2005, he wrote his own version of the French national anthem, La Marseillaise by Graeme Allwright to ward off the "bellicose" words of Rouget de Lisle.

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