Thursday, 4 September 2008

Coluche 1944-1986

Sometimes you come across a person who has the gift of living well (I don't mean in a hedonistic sense) who manages to cram so much into their life it makes you dizzy. Such a man was Coluche who started his career as a stand up comedian, became a film star, set a motor cycle speed record and stood for President of France. Impressive career indeed but now listen to this: he worked actively to combat racism and in 1985 set up an association called Les Restaurants du Coeur. which helps to feed the socially marginalised.
In Winter occasionally their volunteers stand outside the supermarkets asking people to buy with their shopping one or more items from a list to donate; such an easy way of giving.
Coluche had a passion for motorbikes and died at the age of 42 on the road between Valbonne and Opio in a road accident.
His fans, and there are a multitude, have erected this memorial near where he died and every year on a Sunday near the anniversary they turn up here on motor bikes in their hundreds to commemorate this great man. You really have to see it; it's unbelievable. No one could wish for a finer tribute.


Hilda said...

He sounds like a very beautiful man. And this post is also a lovely tribute. Thank you for telling us about him.

Jilly said...

That is so moving, Angela. Coluche will never be forgotten in France.

babooshka said...

What a marvellous man! I hear a film has been made about this remarkable inidividual. We need more individual like this in the world. A sad loss.