French court freezes late rocker's assets over disputed will

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A French court on Fiday ordered that property belonging to the late rock star Johnny Hallyday and future royalty payments on sales of his music are frozen pending a ruling on a challenge brought by his elder children to his will, in which he left all his assets, speculated to be worth up to 100 million euros, to his fourth wife and their two young adopted daughters. 

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A French court has frozen property assets and royalties of French rocker Johnny Hallyday while it deliberates on the music star's will, reports BBC News.

The singer died of cancer in December and left everything to his fourth wife Laeticia and their adopted daughters.

His older children are contesting this as French law forbids children from being excluded from inheritance.

French media speculate that the rock star left up to 100 million euros (£86m).

A posthumous album, expected to be a big seller, is due out in 2018.

The court in Nanterre ruled against the the rock star's two children from a previous marriage and relationship - singer David Hallyday, 51, and actress Laura Smet, 34 - having a say on the album.

Hallyday, who was hugely popular in his native France, sold more than 100 million records in a nearly 60-year career.

In 2014 he filed a will in California, where he had a home and was domiciled for tax purposes.

While details of the rock star's will have not been made public, the older children's lawyers say everything - including a Swiss chalet and property in the Caribbean - was left to Laeticia, his fourth wife, and their daughters Jade and Joy.

His older children say the will contravenes French inheritance laws that bar this from happening.

Read more of this report from BBC News.

 

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