French rocker’s will, written in California, raises questions about applicability of US law

The first chapter of a legal drama over the inheritance of French rock star Johnny Hallyday has ended with a French court ruling that gives each side a partial victory in a case that is tearing his family apart.

Hallyday, whose given name was Jean-Philippe Smet, was dubbed the French “Elvis” for his glittery suits, pumping pelvis and repertoire of American hits belted out in French. He died, aged 74, of lung cancer in December at his sumptuous home outside Paris.

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