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A French-Armenian expressionist extraordinaire
A French-Armenian expressionist extraordinaire

Arguably the best-known French singer of his generation and a national icon in Armenia, Charles Aznavour died Monday at age 94 at his home in Mouriès, in southern of France. Born Shahnour Vaghinag Aznavourian in Paris, to Armenian immigrants, his unmistakable tenor range and love songs quickly made him French popular music royalty. A staunch defender of Armenian rights, he was beloved in his parents' native land.

The French Crooner — Photo: © Keystone Press Agency/ZUMA​/OneShot

Sometimes dubbed "France's Frank Sinatra," Aznavour's career spanned over eight decades, totaled some 1,200 songs (in eight languages), and sold more than 100 million albums. He also appeared in 80 movies.



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How Ukraine Keeps Getting The West To Flip On Arms Supplies

The open debate on weapon deliveries to Ukraine is highly unusual, but Kyiv has figured out how to use the public moral suasion — and patience — to repeatedly shift the question in its favor. But will it work now for fighter jets?

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U.S fighter jets ready for takeoff on the USS Nimitz

Pierre Haski

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PARIS — In what other war have arms deliveries been negotiated so openly in the public sphere?

On Monday, a journalist asked Joe Biden if he plans on supplying F-16 fighter jets to Ukraine. He answered “No”. A few hours later, the same question was asked to Emmanuel Macron, about French fighter jets. Macron did not rule it out.

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Visiting Paris on Tuesday, Ukrainian Defense Minister Oleksïï Reznikov recalled that a year ago, the United States had refused him ground-air Stinger missiles deliveries. Eleven months later, Washington is delivering heavy tanks, in addition to everything else. The 'no' of yesterday is the green light of tomorrow: this is the lesson that the very pragmatic minister seemed to learn.

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