Georges Moustaki dies

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French singer-songwriter Georges Moustaki has died at the age of 79.

Born in Greece, he was brought up in Egypt before arriving in France in 1951

He started as a songwriter in the late 1950s for Edith Piaf.

During their collaboration he penned ‘Milord’, which tells the story of a lower class girl who falls for an upper class Englishman.

Another of his popular compositions was ‘La Metanque’.

A song about a somewhat etheral foreigner, it’s been translated into 12 languages.

During the 1960s he began to carve out a career as a solo artist, and subsequently spent 40 years at the top.

Moustaki gave up performing in 2009, revealing he was suffering from an incurable bronchial illness.

He will be remembered as a humanist, and a lover of life perfectly encapsulated in his song ‘Ma Liberté’.