Johnny Hallyday adopts Vietnamese baby

26th November 2004, Comments 0 comments

HANOI, Nov 26 (AFP) - Ageing French rocker Johnny Hallyday and his wife Laetitia returned to France Friday after adopting a Vietnamese baby girl.

HANOI, Nov 26 (AFP) - Ageing French rocker Johnny Hallyday and his wife Laetitia returned to France Friday after adopting a Vietnamese baby girl.

"They left this morning for Paris on an Air France flight with baby Jade, said Pham Le Hang of Destinee, a Hanoi-based company that helps foreign couples navigate the lengthy adoption process.

"Although the administrative procedures for the adoption took longer than expected, we managed to finalise everything on Thursday," she said.

The couple arrived in Hanoi last Friday to adopt the three-month-old baby from the Thanh Ba orphanage in Phu Tho province, 70 kilometres (43 miles) northeast of the capital. Phu Tho is one of the poorest provinces in Vietnam.

The 61-year-old Hallyday, who enjoys huge popularity back home, is widely credited with bringing rock 'n' roll to France.

French nationals accounted for nearly half of all Vietnamese adopted by foreigners during the 1990s.

However, Paris banned the adoption of Vietnamese children in April 1999 after it was revealed that some "orphans" had living parents who were duped into thinking their offspring would return home after a short holiday.

Other childless couples found themselves being asked fees of up to 10,000 dollars from intermediaries who engaged in an underground trade in babies from the impoverished Mekong Delta.

The process began again at the beginning of 2001 after a bilateral agreement between France and Vietnam regulating adoption came into force.

© AFP

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