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French Music Festival Refuses to Ban Singer Who Murdered His Girlfriend

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Music Editor
Updated: 5 March 2018

The organisers of a French music festival are refusing to drop a performance by a singer who murdered his girlfriend.

Former Noir Desir frontman Bertrand Cantat, who was found guilty of killing actress Marie Trintignant in 2003, has been booked to play Papillons de Nuit in Saint-Laurent-de-Cuves, Normandy.

Over 70,000 people have signed a petition on demanding that Cantat be removed from the line-up.

The petition reads: ‘By putting Bertrand Cantat in the spotlight you are normalising violence against women and even condoning it.’

The festival, which was attended by 68,000 people last year, takes place in May.

The organisers stuck by their decision saying in a statement: ‘We consider that our only criteria should be artistic.’

Cantat served four years of an eight-year sentence in prison after beating Trintignant to death in a hotel room while on tour in Lithuania.

The 41-year-old actress, who was nominated five times for France’s prestigious César Award, died from severe brain damage following the attack.

Cantat resumed his music career after he was released from prison and returned with his new band Detroit in 2013.

The singer has several other concerts coming up in the next few months.

Only one has been cancelled so far after complaints from music fans and anti-domestic violence campaigners.

Last year, French rock magazine Les Inrockuptibles was forced to apologise after making Cantat its cover star.

The French edition of Elle hit back by publishing an alternative cover featuring Trintignant.

The magazine wrote: ‘Marie Trintignant died under the blows of Bertrand Cantat. Today she is a symbol… her face has become that of all the female victims of the violence of men. The face of the 123 women killed by their spouse last year.’