Jailed French rocker to be released on parole

15th October 2007, Comments 0 comments

15 October 2007, TOULOUSE (AFP) - French rocker Bertrand Cantat, who is serving an eight-year jail sentence for the 2003 murder of his actress girlfriend, is to be released on parole on Tuesday, a justice official said.

15 October 2007

TOULOUSE (AFP) - French rocker Bertrand Cantat, who is serving an eight-year jail sentence for the 2003 murder of his actress girlfriend, is to be released on parole on Tuesday, a justice official said.

Cantat, 43, lead singer of the group Noir Desir, was convicted in March 2004 for beating his French girlfriend Marie Trintignant to death during a row in a Vilnius hotel.

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The case made headlines in France, where Cantat was considered one of the country's most popular rock singers with songs that often reflected his left-leaning views.

Trintignant, the daughter of veteran French film star Jean-Louis Trintignant, had been in Vilnius to shoot a television movie about the French writer Colette, directed by her mother Nadine, when she was killed.

Prosecutor Paul Michel confirmed that Cantat would be released on Tuesday from the Muret prison near the southwest city of Toulouse, where he was transferred from Lithuania in September 2004.

Noir Desir drummer Denis Barthe said the group wanted to get back together but that its four members would have to sit down and talk about their prospects.

AFP

Subject: French news

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