Adieu, Johnny: Tens of thousands gather in Paris for extraordinary outpouring of national grief ledy by President Macron and his wife at state funeral for 'French Elvis' Johnny Hallyday
Between 800,000 and one million people lined the streets of Paris for the funeral of 'French Elvis' Johnny Hallyday.
Crowds started assembling in the early morning to pay tribute to the legendary French signer who died of lung cancer aged 74 on Wednesday.
His body was transferred from the Parisian suburb of Marnes-La Coquette where he lived to Mont Valerin, south west of the capital, eventually reaching the Arc de Triomphe around midday.
Enormous crowds gathered to watch the star's hearse go down the Champs Elysees followed by a procession of around 700 motorcyclists, saying a final goodbye to their musical hero in a nod to his biker image.
Speaking on the steps of the Madeleine Church, in Paris' eighth arrondissement, President Emmanuel Macron opened the ceremony with an emotional speech next to his wife Brigitte.
Meanwhile Front National (FN) leader Marine Le Pen was forced to watch proceedings on her TV, after Hallyday's family made it clear she would not be welcome.
Crowds have been assembled in cental Paris since early this morning to pay tribute to the legendary French signer who died of lung cancer aged 74 on Wednesday
His body was transferred from the Parisian suburb of Marnes-La Coquette where he lived to Mont Valerin, south west of the capital, eventually reaching the Place de la Concorde at midday. Fans wept as his hearse drove down the Champs Elysees (pictured)
The hearse was driven towards the Madeleine Church in the French capital's eighth arrondisement where the funeral is due to take place, with President Emmanuel Macron beginning proceedings
Inside the Madeleine Church, Priest Benoist de Sinety- the vicar of the diocese of Paris - oversees the funeral of the late French rock n roll icon
Hallyday's widow Laeticia, 42, is pictured with her daughters Jade, 13 (left) and Joy, 9, (right) next to his coffin
A pew full of French politicians: Pictured left to right are Francois Hollande and is partner Julie Gayet, Carla Bruni and Nicolas Sarkozy, President of the French senate Gerard Larcher, Prime Minister Eduoard Philippe and the Macrons
Hallyday's white coffin is unveiled in front of the Madeleine Church as members of the church, President Macron and his family look on mournfully
Members of the church are pictured with their hands together as Hallyday's funeral begins. Pictured centre right is Brigitte Macron, 64, the singer's adopted daughters Jade, 13, and Joy, 9 (centre right), wife Laeticia, 42, (third right), daughter Laura Smet, 34 (second right) and son David, 51 (far right)
French President Emmanuel Macron hugs the late rock star's widow Laeticia outside Paris' Madeleine Church
Macron, who opened the ceremony with an emotional speech, is pictured standing with Hallyday's daughter Laura Smet and son David
The rock star's family are pictured: his wife Laeticia (second left) and his daughters Jade and Joy (left), Laura Smet (centre), and son David (right) were seen holding back tears arriving at the church
The singer's widow is pictured wiping tears away from the face of their adopted daughter Jade (pictured with her sister Joy)
A family in mourning: Hallyday's adopted daughters Jade and Joy (left) are pictured being held by their mother Laeticia while his daughter Laura Smet hugs her brother David Hallyday (right)
Hallyday's adopted daughters Jade and Joy wipe away the tears as their father's funeral begins in Paris. Hallyday and his fourth wife Laeticia adopted the girls from Vietnam in 2004 and 2008
Relatives of the late French rock star carry his white coffin into the Madeleine Church in Paris for his funeral
Emmanuel Macron and his wife Brigitte are pictured following Hallyday's family up the steps of the church
Brigitte Macron (left) is pictured applauding the late singer as she and his family gather around his coffin
Emmanuel Macron is pictured giving his emotional speech on the steps of the Madeleine Church this afternoon
The President said: 'Johnny Hallyday was a part of us, a part of France. We are here today for him.'
Thousands gather for singer Johnny Hallyday's funeral in Paris
Speaking outside the church Macron said: 'Johnny Hallyday was a part of us, a part of France. We are here today for him.
'Almost 60 years in music and you are there, still there, always there.
'This December Saturday is sad. But we must all be here for Johnny because since the beginning, Johnny was there for us.
'Many of you will feel like you've lost a member of your family, because Johnny was there for his fans, and for his country.
Ex-President Francois Hollande is also pictured arriving at the ceremony with his partner Julie Gayet
Former French leader Nicolas Sarkozy is pictured walking up the steps of the Madeleine Church with singer wife Carla Bruni
The hearse is pictured heading towards the Madeleine Church as crowds climb up lampposts to catch a glimpse on both sides
Bikers were among the crowds assembled to say goodbye to Johnny Hallyday in a nod to his biker image
'He was much more than just a singer, his life was a part of France.'We are a nation united around one of our prodigcal sons, here to give him one last goodbye, so that his fire doesn't burn out and never dies.
'We're here to say thank you, let's applaud Mr Johnny Hallyday.'
Meanwhile the singer's family - widow Laeticia, 42, adopted daughters Jade, 13, and Joy, 9, daughter Laura Smet, 34, and son David, 51, fought back the tears.
Few figures in French history have earned a send-off as elaborate as the one for the man dubbed the French Elvis. It was ordered by Macron - a Hallyday fan himself, like generations of others across the French-speaking world.
The streets of central Paris have been overwhelmed with mourners since the early hours of this morning. They are pictured lining the Champs Elysees as Hallyday's body, followed by a procession of 700 bikers is driven up the avenue
The procession of 700 bikers are pictured driving slowly down the Champs Elysees
Tens of thousands crowd Paris' streets waving pictures and banners with 'Johnny je t'aime' ahead of his funeral this afternoon
Fans throw white roses into the air on the streets of Paris in honour of Johnny Hallyday who died aged 74 this week
The procession of 700 bikers are pictured riding down the Champs Elysees in Paris as crowds gather either side
Some fans cried and others waved banners as Hallyday's body, in a white coffin, was driven down the grand ceremonial avenue towards the Madeleine church.
After the funeral his body will be flown to the French Caribbean island of St Bart's where he will be buried in a private ceremony on Monday afternoon.
The singer fell in love with the island and even had a villa built there, naming it Jade after his daughter.
With limited capacity inside the church, the ceremony in Paris was broadcast on French national television and on large screens outside.
Macron read a eulogy on the steps outside, which was followed by a lineup of star speakers including actors Marion Cotillard and Jean Reno, and singer Patrick Bruel.
Other guests include former Presidents Francois Hollande and Nicolas Sarkozy, who officiated at Hallyday's last marriage.
President of the far-right Front National Marine Le Pen was absent. Although she planned to pay tribute with everyone else, the family made clear they did not want her there.
The singer's band and the church choir sang alternate songs during the religious ceremony, while approximately 1,500 police officers monitor the high-security event.
Actress Cotillard read St Paul's first letter to Corinthians at the church ceremony - a scene unusually so prominent in a secular state like France.
Famed French authors Philippe Labro and Daniel Rondeau also offered their tributes, while actor Jean Reno read a poem by Jacques Prevert, chosen by the singer's young daughters Jade and Joy.
As the ceremony ended, his family burst into tears at his coffin, which was carried back out to be transported to St Barts.
Hallyday has sold more than 100 million albums, mostly in the French-speaking world, and drew huge crowds at his performances.
More than 750,000 people attended a free concert he gave near the Eiffel Tower on France's Bastille Day national holiday in 2009.
He is little-known outside the Francophone world, but was treasured by fans across the country for almost 60 years.
One mourner is pictured clasping two issues of French magazine Paris Match, which issued a special edition to celebrate Hallyday's life. The cover reads: Johnny 1943 - 2017: A Life
A teary fan is pictured waving a scarf that reads '100 per cent Johnny Hallyday' ahead of his funeral this afternoon
Another female fan pays tribute to the late French icon with a banner that reads '100 per cent Johnny Hallyday'
The Eiffel Tower has been illuminated with the words 'Thank you Johnny' since yesterday in a national tribute to the singer
French police are pictured escorting the hearse from Mont Valerin, south west of Paris, to the centre of the city
A huge police presence is accompanying today's funeral proceedings, with an escort pictured travelling towards Paris