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French 'Space' star complains of Moscow 'ambush' after plagiarism row


French 'Space' star complains of Moscow 'ambush' after plagiarism row

The French founder of the 1970s electronic band Space is complaining of having suffered a “hooligan ambush” after being briefly detained by police in Moscow over a dispute with a Russian singer he had accused of plagiarism.

Filipp Kirkorov, the Russian, in turn accused Didier Marouani of extortion.

The Frenchman was arrested with his lawyer at a bank where they had gone expecting to conclude an out-of-court settlement – but the whole thing was an apparent set-up by pranksters.

The pair were released and the police apologised. Now Marouani wants Kirkorov brought to account.

Space had a hit in the UK and Europe in 1977 with Magic Fly and have continued to enjoy success in eastern Europe.

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