Hallyday inheritance ruling gives a bit to each side

PARIS - The first chapter of a high-stakes legal drama over the inheritance of French rock star Johnny Hallyday has ended with a French court ruling that gives each side a partial win.

A court outside Paris on Friday put a temporary freeze on several estates of Hallyday, who died in December, as his two oldest children who were left out of his will requested. But the court refused a role for them in the preparation of a post-humerus album of their father, ruling in favour of his widow Laeticia, his fourth wife, and their two young children.

Hallyday, who died in France at age 74, was an idol for many French. Fans included President Emmanuel Macron, who spoke before his funeral, which was preceded by a procession down the Champs-Elysees Avenue in Paris.


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