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The presence of Bertrand Cantat in the credits of the show Wajdi Mouawad goes badly


The former Noir Désir singer composed the music for a show that will be premiered at the Théâtre de La Colline on November 19. Asked about this intervention, in the middle of # MeTooThéâtre, the Minister of Culture declared “regretted” the involvement of the artist.

The mention of Bertrand Cantat, Monday, October 18 in the studio of France Inter, set fire to the powders.

Since Roselyne Bachelot


the artist's invitation to the creation, on November 19, of the show


by Wajdi Mouawad - for which he composed the music - at the Théâtre de La Colline, supporters and opponents of the former singer of Noir Désir are tearing themselves apart on social networks.

Read the dossierBertrand Cantat, the controversy

The question was asked to the Minister of Culture by an auditor of the morning, who questioned her more generally on the MeTooThéâtre movement.

Roselyne Bachelot then reaffirmed that

"the fight against sexual and gender-based violence"


"one of the priorities of the Ministry of Culture"

, recalling the measures taken, such as appeal platforms or appointed referents in cultural structures.

But she was quite cautious despite everything about Cantat, stressing the integrity of the director

"who cannot be accused of the slightest complacency in the fight against sexual and gender-based violence"


The Minister then clarified that she had

"Not to intervene in the management of the Théâtre de La Colline"


“In the middle of # MeTooThéâtre, Wajdi Mouawad's next creation, Mère, at the Théâtre de La Colline contains in the credits… Bertrand Cantat.

A bad joke? ”

, asks a Twitter user, who recalls that the composer was sentenced in 2003 for having beaten to death his partner, Marie Trintignant.

Sentenced to eight years in prison, he will be granted parole after four years of detention, including one in Lithuania.

In 2010, his wife and mother of two children, Krisztina Rády, was discovered hanged in the marital home, while the singer was sleeping. The autopsy will confirm the suicide thesis but a book published in 2013, then an investigation by the newspaper

Le Point

carried out in 2017 suggests that the singer would have mistreated his late wife, like several other of his former companions. Cantat filed a defamation complaint but lost his case in June 2020.

Should we ignore the singer's liabilities by considering that he has served his sentence and

"paid his debt"

, or else consider, like another Internet user, that

"Marie's family took in perpetuity unlike him"

? If some admirers of Bertrand Cantat choose the first option, some minds take a step aside by questioning the posture itself of the musician.

"The only thing that bothers me in his attitude when he is on stage or in his interviews is that he has kept this lesson-giving side, as if he were pure"

, exposes another Internet user.

The focus of the debate on the singer's presence or not during this creation also irritates the members of the # MeTooThéâtre collective:

“We regret


the focus on Bertrand Cantat, gender-based and sexual violence in the theater being systemic. This reduces the debate around a case and makes other attacks invisible, which we deplore ”

, regrets in a statement posted on Twitter Marie Coquille-Chambel, one of the initiators of the movement.

A last tweet questions the relevance of the controversy.

“Bertrand Cantat created the music for a show played for six weeks in a theater in the 20th arrondissement unknown to the general public.

It's not

The Voice


It's very confidential!

And then no need to go and disrupt the show, he won't be there!

The public will choose. ”

Source: lefigaro

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