Jane Birkin: Stars pay tribute to singer, actress and style icon at her funeral

Singer Vanessa Paradis and the French president’s wife, Brigitte Macron, were among the famous faces who paid tribute to singer and actress Jane Birkin at her funeral in Paris on Monday.

The British-French style icon, who lent her name to the Hermes Birkin handbag, died earlier this month at the age of 76.

Birkin

Image: Birkin in 1970. Pic: AP

The London-born star was found at her home in Paris by her carer.

She was best-known for her 1969 hit single “Je t’aime… moi non plus” with then-husband Serge Gainsbourg.

Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon, the daughters of late singer, actress and muse Jane Birkin, arrive to attend their mother's funeral at the Church of Saint-Roch in Paris, France, July 24, 2023. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Image: Birkin’s daughters Charlotte Gainsbourg and Lou Doillon

Brigitte Macron, the wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, arrives to attend the funeral of late singer, actress and muse Jane Birkin at the Church of Saint-Roch in Paris, France, July 24, 2023. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Image: Brigitte Macron, the wife of French President Emmanuel Macron, arrives for the service

Pallbearers carry the coffin of late singer, actress and muse Jane Birkin as they arrive at the funeral ceremony at the Church of Saint-Roch in Paris, France, July 24, 2023. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Image: Pallbearers carry the coffin into the church

Ms Birkin’s daughters Charlotte Gainsbourg, 51, and Lou Doillon, 40, led mourners into the Church of Saint-Roch.

“I already feel the vacuum she is leaving. This is my mother, our mother,” said Ms Gainsbourg.

“Mother, thank you for not being ordinary and reasonable,” Ms Doillon said.

Catherine Deneuve arrives to attend the funeral of late singer, actress and muse Jane Birkin at the Church of Saint-Roch in Paris, France, July 24, 2023. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Image: Catherine Deneuve outside the church

Samuel Benchetrit and Vanessa Paradis arrive to attend the funeral of late singer, actress and muse Jane Birkin at the Church of Saint-Roch in Paris, France, July 24, 2023. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Image: French writer Samuel Benchetrit and singer Vanessa Paradis

Charlotte Rampling arrives to attend the funeral of late singer, actress and muse Jane Birkin at the Church of Saint-Roch in Paris, France, July 24, 2023. REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

Image: Actress Charlotte Rampling

Hundreds of people lined the streets outside the church where they listened to her music, with signs reading “Jane Forever” and “Thank You Jane Birkin”, and watched the ceremony on a giant screen.

Birkin’s songs, including “La Javanaise”, played through speakers across the French capital.

Film stars Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Rampling and Sandrine Kiberlain were among those who attended the service.

Other mourners included singers Alain Souchon, Etienne Daho, who composed her last album, and Matthieu Chedid.

French singer Serge Gainsbourg and his girlfriend British actress Jane Birkin  in 1974

Image: Birkin and Serge Gainsbourg in 1974

Birkin handbag

Image: Hermès Birkin handbag. Pic: AP

Read more: BBC newsreader George Alagiah has died

French President Emmanuel Macron led tributes when Ms Birkin’s death was announced, saying: “Because she embodied freedom, because she sang the most beautiful words of our language, Jane Birkin was a French icon.”

In France, where she had lived since the late 1960s, she became a well-known and much-loved figure for her songs, roles in dozens of films and the stance she took on a range of issues including women’s and LGBT rights.

You might also like...

P